In an op-Ed piece for the Washington Post, Jeffrey Nugent, brother of musician and right wing gun enthusiast Ted Nugent, took an opposing stance to his brother in regards to the issue of background checks.
At the outset of the piece, Nugent made sure to reaffirm his love for firearms, his membership in the NRA and his strong support for the Second Amendment. However, there is one aspect of the pro-gun argument that the controversial musician’s brother took issue with.
“And I agree with Ted that our constitutional right to bear arms should not be undermined. I want all those who are qualified to purchase a gun to be able to do so,” Nugent wrote. “But — and here is where I part ways with my brother — not everyone is qualified to own a gun, so expanded background checks should be a legislative priority.”
Nugent went on to argue that some gun enthusiasts’ opposition to background checks actually protects criminals — people he deemed unworthy of gun ownership.
In spite of his NRA membership, Nugent directly refuted the organization, suggesting that their opposition to background checks doesn’t stand up to reason.
“The NRA has it wrong,” Nugent declared. “Irresponsible gun owners are bad for everyone. If you shouldn’t have access to a gun, then there should be no way for you to access a gun! Can anyone argue with that?”
“I have a 9-year-old son and two 6-year-old grandsons. Any of them could have been the victims of our recent gun tragedies — and still could become victims if we don’t do something. Virtually every day we see the tragic stories of kids shooting other kids, of children being killed in crossfire. We must act, not tomorrow, not the next day. End gun violence now, and start with limiting the purchase of firearms to those who really deserve the right.”