Conservative rocker and gun enthusiast Ted Nugent denounced U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s “outrageous lie” in encouraging fellow Democrats to “brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way” to turn them against guns with the same tactics used against smoking.
“Eric Holder's call for brainwashing America about guns comes as no surprise to anyone paying attention to this administration,” Nugent, a member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association, told Newsmax exclusively on Monday.
A 1995 video featured on Sunday at Breitbart.com showed Holder addressing the Woman’s National Democratic Club when Holder was U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
“What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people and make it something that’s not cool, that it’s not acceptable, it’s not hip to carry a gun any more — in the way we changed our attitudes about cigarettes,” Holder said in remarks broadcast on CSPAN 2 at the time.
Holder pointed to the success of anti-smoking campaigns and sought to engineer the same type of social change with respect to guns.
“When I was growing up, people smoked all the time — I mean both my parents did. But over time, we changed the way in which people thought about smoking, and so now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it,” he told the group. “That’s what I think we have to do with guns — really change the way in which people think about guns.”
But Holder, acknowledging that such a task would be difficult, called for a coordinated effort with city leaders as well as the creative community.
“We are quite frankly fighting something that appears every day on television, on the radio, in our popular music, in movies that these kids are exposed to,” he said at the time. “It will be an effort that will entail things that I’m really not familiar with. I think I’m a pretty good lawyer, but we need to get really innovative creative things that are going to grab the attention of these kids and change — as I said — the way in which they think about guns.”
Nugent, a Newsmax contributor, countered that guns are not the problem. “Everyone knows there are no bad guns, only bad people,” he insisted.
Holder, the first African-American to hold the position of attorney general, served as a judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia before President Bill Clinton appointed him as a U.S. attorney. He was appointed later to the position of deputy attorney general.
“This outrageous lie about guns continues to ignore the untold millions of Americans who have defended themselves and stopped violent crimes with this perfect common-sense, constitutionally protected tool,” Nugent said.
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