Attorney Carlos Gamino has always been a music-lover at heart, but when his favorite artists and politics converge, he always has something to say. Here’s a quick Q & A with Carlos Gamiño on Ted Nugent and his recent questionable statements.
We all know that Ted Nugent has made some pretty decent albums, but he just can’t seem to stay out of hot water when it comes to playing politics. What’s he done now?
Carlos Gamino: Ted Nugent – wow. It all started when he said, “I told him to suck on my machine gun” when referring to the president. The Secret Service investigated the rant, which ended with him calling Hilary Clinton some choice names, but it turned out they lacked any substantive threat.
In October, he called for Americans to join the National Rifle Association and “Be the best American you can be. Freedom or their evil carcasses for traction back to it.”
Could all of this be part of a publicity seeking scheme for the rocker?
Carlos Gamino: Of course it could. While most musicians are content to keep their political views to themselves, Nugent has never had a problem sharing them from the back of a white buffalo or on any other platform. It keeps his name fresh and relevant – and that’s more than we can say for other stars of his generation. (Where are the rest of the Damn Yankees? I don’t know.)
Can’t Ted Nugent be charged with a crime for threatening the president and lawmakers?
Carlos Gamino: If there’s sufficient evidence that he has made an actual threat, or that he’s incited other people to violence, he could be charged with a crime. Things get tricky when it comes to freedom of speech. For example, it’s perfectly legal to run around saying you hate America. Do we like it when someone does? No, but it’s protected speech. As long as Ted Nugent isn’t making real threats—he’s not planning to storm the White House or encouraging other people to revolt against the government—he’s not breaking the law.
What do you think? Should Ted Nugent slow down his rants before something terrible happens, or is he well within his rights to say the things he does? We’d love to hear your opinions, so join us on Facebook and share!