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It took a Republican congressman getting shot to calm down Ted Nugent


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No, hell hasn't frozen over, but it got pretty damn close when Ted Nugent said in an interview with a New York radio station that he plans to cool it with his pro-gun rhetoric.

If you've tried to block out anything Ted Nugent says or does (honestly we don't blame you), here is a little refresher to the extreme things Nugent has said about the left. Good ole Ted has said some pretty serious things about President Obama and Secretary Clinton. He's said things about how nice it would be if they sucked on the end of his machine gun, called Clinton a "worthless bitch," and alluded to chopping off Obama's head if he won office again in 2012. His comments were aggressive enough during Obama's time in office that the Secret Service had to step in and investigate Nugent.

Flash forward to 2017, and Nugent is saying that he is going to tone down his divisive and harmful rhetoric because of the mass shooting that happened in Alexandria, Virginia earlier this week where U.S. Rep. Steve Scalise and others were shot. Nugent told the radio show that, "At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can’t use those harsh terms.”

Nugent went on to say “I cannot, and I will not, and I encourage even my friends-slash-enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we have got to be civil to each other.”

While this is great that Nugent has somehow seen the light, repented his sins, and intends to move on, even if things get "fiery," you can't help but notice that Nugent didn't have this come-to-Jesus moment after children were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary, people of the gay community were massacred at Pulse Nightclub, or any of the other thousands of mass shootings that we have come to accustomed to in the United States.

Let's just hope that Ted sticks to his word now.

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