At the National Rifle Association’s annual convention last April in St. Louis, rock musician and pro-gun activist Ted Nugent declared: “I will be either dead or in jail by this time next year,” if President Obama won re-election.
Obama did, of course. And although there’s a couple of months left for Nugent’s apocalyptic personal prediction to come true, he’s still alive, he remains a free man, and tomorrow night he’ll be there in person to witness the president — whom he has termed an “evil, dangerous man who hates America” and wants to “re-implement the tyranny of King George III” — deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress.
Nugent, 64, will be in the spectator gallery, a guest of another harsh Obama critic, Representative Steve Stockman, a Texas Republican.
“I am excited to have a patriot like Ted Nugent joining me in the House chamber to hear from President Obama,” Stockman said in a statement on his website. “After the address, I’m sure Ted will have something to stay.”
That’s likely, given that Nugent – the former lead guitarist in The Amboy Dukes band who has had a lengthy solo career – is an impassioned foe of the gun control legislation Obama and others seek following the December massacre at a Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school. Nugent’s attacks on Obama also include the charge that he “hires, appoints and associates with communists.”
Stockman, 56, won a House seat in 1994 when he defeated 21-term Democratic Representative Jack Brooks in a race that focused partly on the assault-weapons ban Congress passed that year. Brooks, as House Judiciary Committee chairman, helped shepherd the measure into law, and Stockman lambasted him over the issue.
Stockman was bounced from office in 1996, but re-emerged from political obscurity in last November’s election to return to the House. He now is among the leading opponents of the gun control push, including a bill to reinstate the assault-weapons ban that expired in 2004.
His efforts include trying to overturn executive orders issued by Obama in mid-January that include several designed to maximize prosecution of gun crimes and improve access to government data for background checks of gun purchasers. Stockman has said he will seek the president’s impeachment if Congress doesn’t pass his bill.