NRA board member and pro-Trump musician Ted Nugent blamed the unhealthy “diet of these children” for the epidemic of school shootings in the U.S.
“If you were the decider, and you could fix it today, or at least start fixing it, what do we start doing for schools and churches and other places that are so-called soft targets?” The Joe Pags Show host Joe Pagliarulo asked Nugent.
“Well Joe, what your common sense and your affection for quality of life and safety for the most vulnerable amongst us, which are our children in school, that they’re there to learn and how to be efficient, effective, productive members of society,” Nugent responded.
“I have been the room father at my children’s school and I actually did security at some of my kids’ school, and I’ve always been a hands-on dad and I’ve given guidance and discipline, Joe, discipline. I’m going to put a spotlight on what I believe is the most glaring and obvious indicator of this youthful violence, because it’s not a gun problem. Back when I was growing up, there were guns everywhere.
They were less restricted, we had them in school, we put them in our lockers during the deer season, we brought them in our trucks during the pheasant and the grouse season. We had guns everywhere and there were no violent slaughters in school. Joe, write this down.
On my Facebook right now I have highlighted a documentary that concludes — and you cannot escape the reality, the diet of these children, from birth — you talk about ADD and autism. It’s a direct result, in more cases than not, I believe in the 90 plus percentile, a diet of sugars and chemicals and fake garbage that doesn’t allow them to think properly. If you really look at the pharmaceutical attack on our children, trying to compensate for a diet that is absolutely poisonous. And in every instance, you mark my words when the studies are finalized, you will find that Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, certainly Sandy Hook, these maniac murderers in Parkland and now Santa Fe, if you really studied the slovenliness and the zombie-like conduct of these murderers, you go back to their diet and examine what they’ve put into their sacred temple, and it’s all garbage, it’s all poison and I know a lot of people are going to poo poo what I’m saying, but go to my Facebook right now and examine this documentary.
That we have destroyed the diet of our country and all around the world including Africa and Australia, what used to be healthy, athletic, self-sufficient individuals are now obese, slovenly, train wrecks where they can’t even take care of themselves. And it goes right to the garbage we feed our children. I know people think I’m trying to get away from the gun issue, but it’s not a gun issue. It is a conduct issue. Now you add the violent games, the violent movies and you add the fact that the parents often, more often than not, just don’t don’t guide. Don’t nurture, don’t discipline their children and you’ve got kids out of control. Check out what we are feeding our children and you will find the answer to this calamity.”