Target: Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association
Goal: Demand that the NRA remove Ted Nugent from its Board of Directors and publicly condemn his remarks
Ted Nugent, musician and very vocal conservative, has been a strong supporter of the National Rifle Association (NRA) for many years and has served on its Board of Directors since 1995. He recently urged his followers to join the NRA, calling for ‘freedom’ by killing a number of prominent liberal politicians, including President Barack Obama. The NRA should refuse to endorse this kind of ridiculous and dangerous rhetoric by removing Ted Nugent from its Board of Directors and publicly condemning his remarks.
On October 14th, Ted Nugent posted a commentary on his Facebook profile encouraging his followers to donate to the Crime Prevention Research Center, who are responsible for the theory that more guns lead to less crime, and to join the NRA. He also urged his followers to “destroy the Obama/Holder/Clinton/Schumer/Pilosi/Boxer/Feinstein/Durbin/Bloomburgh propaganda jihad against our right to self defense & TRTKABA [The Right to Keep and Bear Arms]. JOIN THE NRA! Be the best American you can be. Freedom or their evil carcasses for traction back to it. [sic]” These remarks are merely the latest in a long, long line of offensive and treacherous rhetoric from the musician.
This kind of talk has no place in our modern political context—it is inflammatory, unproductive, and dangerous. As of yet, however, the National Rifle Association has done nothing to distance itself from the comments of its board member. The NRA should take responsibility for itself and communicate that it flatly condemns this kind of rhetoric by removing Nugent from its Board of Directors and publicly denouncing his remarks.
Dear Mr. LaPierre,
Your organization has long enjoyed the very vocal support of musician and conservative Ted Nugent and welcomed him into its Board of Directors in 1995. Given the ties Nugent has with your association, then, it is alarming that you have not yet condemned the remarks he posted on his Facebook on October 14, 2014. He told his followers to join the NRA while calling for ‘freedom’ by wishing death to many prominent liberal politicians, including the president. Think long and hard about whether these are the kinds of ideas with which your organization wants to be associated.
In his Facebook post, Nugent very clearly called for the deaths of the president of the United States and other prominent senators and representatives if they are perceived to infringe on a citizen’s right to bear arms. This is wholly inappropriate and, indeed, dangerous.
I am encouraging you to use your position as Executive Vice President of the National Rifle Association to distance your organization from this kind of dangerous rhetoric. Send a message that these kinds of ideas will no longer be tolerated in connection to the NRA. I urge you to prove that the NRA does not endorse this violence by removing Ted Nugent from your Board of Directors and publicly condemning his statement.
[Your Name Here]
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