Ted Nugent: Insanity Is an Assault Weapon—Ban It

A prospective buyer examines an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle at a gun store in Provo, Utah, on June 21. George Frey/Reuters

The definition of insanity is repeating the same thing and expecting a different outcome. Well, that's the definition for people paying attention to and functioning in the real world. I apologize for repeating the glaringly obvious, but this is clearly not so with the notoriously dumb "so-called judges" of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in upholding the constitutional infringement of the Maryland assault weapons ban.

I know, I know—how dare I echo President Trump's rude condemnation of our sacred black-robed men and women of the court. When confronting the self-inflicted scourge of political correctness, the credentials of those guilty of defying self-evident truth, logic and common sense doesn't matter one spit. Add to that the violation of their oath to the U.S. Constitution, and they damn sure need to be condemned.

The statistics from every crime study known to man, including the FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program and Dr. John Lott's exhaustive research for the Crime Prevention Research Center and for his book The War on Guns, demonstrate that from the time President Clinton signed the knee-jerk, feel-good, counterproductive, so-called assault weapons ban many years ago, nothing has changed in the use of all long guns, including every rifle and shotgun design there is. Their use remained and continues to remain less than pipes, fists, bricks and knives.

Even in the court's decision, they cite all the mass shootings that have occurred in America over the years, and are dismissive of the fact that in every incident, every firearm used and every action taken by the perpetrator was already banned.

What the court and most media in America and the world won't tell you is that since the signing of the so-called ban, the ownership of semiautomatic long guns and maximum-capacity magazines has exploded in unprecedented numbers, while violent crime, murder and mass shootings have decreased exponentially.

Say it—more guns equals less crime. Say it again and write it down.

In this world turned upside down, where certain lunatic-fringe Americans are against secure borders, don't believe in earning their own way, won't care about their health but demand others pay for their health care, where crazy politicians rant how bills must be signed to find out what's in them, and where everybody knows that the most innocent lives are always lost in gun-free zones, dangerous people actually want more gun-free slaughter zones.

Judge Robert King ruled that the Second Amendment does not extend to what he would call weapons of war, when in fact the Founding Fathers clearly wrote the Second Amendment in the heat of battle so that free citizens in this new experiment in self-government would indeed keep and bear arms capable of waging war against any force that might attempt what the British had done to them.

Judge King and other disconnected judges and bureaucrats may want to brush up on their American history.

Tens of millions of law-abiding Americans across the land own AR-style semiautomatic rifles. We hunt with them, we compete with them, we train with them, we defend our families and neighborhoods with them, we collect them and we legally enjoy these fine tools throughout the year without committing any crimes or doing any harm to anyone or anything.

Like all firearms, these rifles are simply arms, and we keep them and bear them as a God-given individual right guaranteed under our sacred Second Amendment.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit got it wrong. They failed to admit that in every instance where these already banned weapons were used by violent punks to commit violent crimes, the bans accomplished nothing, and yet the court still upheld a bad law that benefits no one.

When the cats are being killed and eaten by the coyotes, only a fool would declaw the cats.

Ted Nugent is an American musician and political activist.