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Parkland Survivor Blasts NRA Board Member Ted Nugent for Saying Democrats 'Should Be Shot Like Coyotes"

A teenaged survivor from Parkland, Florida, demanded that NRA board member and rocker Ted Nugent apologize for saying that Democrats should be "shot" like coyotes. Cameron Kasky, part of the Never Again movement against gun violence, also called on the massive gun-rights organization firm to denounce Nugent's statements. 

The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student directly appealed to the NRA via Twitter. 

"So I assume the @NRA is going to ignore T*d Nugent calling for the shooting of half the country, right? That behavior is acceptable to them, right?," Kasky wrote. "Surely, the sensible, law abiding citizens who are members of the NRA will call for an apology from Nugent... right?"

In another tweet, Kasky quoted Nugent and commented, "Yeah the NRA seems really interested in safety; I bet the children of America feel really mighty safe with that." 

Nugent, a major proponent of the Second Amendment, likened Democrats to "rabid coyotes" who need to be shot during an appearance on Infowars' controversial program The Alex Jones Show.

“Don’t ask why. Just know that evil, dishonesty, and scam artists have always been around and that right now they’re liberal, they’re Democrat, they’re RINOs, they’re Hollywood, they’re fake news, they’re media, they’re academia, and they’re half of our government, at least,” Nugent said last Friday.

He continued, “So come to that realization. There are rabid coyotes running around. You don’t wait till you see one to go get your gun. Keep your gun handy, and every time you see one, you shoot one.”

It's not the first time the 69-year-old, once known as the "Motor City Mad Man," has called out Parkland students, who have become the public faces of a movement for stricter gun control laws since 14 classmates and three teachers were fatally shot on February 14. During a radio interview on March 31, Nugent described the prominent student activists as having no soul and called them "mushy-brained children." 

ted Nugent-161606952 Ted Nugent has a track record of saying controversial things, but his recent statements about shooting his political opposition triggered a huge backlash against the aging rocker. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

“I really feel sorry for them," he said. "It’s not only ignorant, dangerous and stupid—it’s soulless. To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless.”

That remark, too, earned swift backlash. Parkland student David Hogg called for an apology, which only led to Nugent doubling down on his original sentiments. The NRA has been largely silent on Nugent, who continues to serve as a board member. The gun group did not return Newsweek's request for comment. 

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