Commanders at the Fort Knox Army base in Kentucky have barred Ted Nugent from their annual summer concert scheduled to hold on June 23. Nugent was barred from the concert because of his "recent public comments about the president of the United States."
Digital Journal reports Ted Nugent had said at a meeting of the National Rifle Association that he would “either be dead or in jail by this time next year” if Obama is re-elected. He also advised conservative voters to “chop (Democrats') heads off" on election day.
A statement posted on the Fort Knox Army base's Facebook page, said: “After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation."
Nugent reacted to the statement, saying it was an "insult." He said he was only exercising his First Amendment rights when he said Obama was running a "vile, evil, America-hating administration." AP reports Nugent said: "There is nothing in my spoken word or written word that could be even wildly considered by any stretch of the imagination to be a threat to anyone." According to AP, when he was asked to clarify his remarks, he said: "A whole bunch of us... believe... we are in danger of being improperly and criminally jailed — I mean criminally on the part of the government."
Nugent said: “To think that there’s a bureaucrat in the United States Army that would consider the use or abuse of First Amendment rights in determining who is going to perform at an Army base is an insult and defiles the sacrifices of those heroes who fought for the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights."
Daily Mail reports Nugent said he was being persecuted for speaking the truth. He said his statement was not meant as a threat to the president or his administration.
The Secret Service dropped its investigation after the meeting.
Digital Journal reports Nugent was also recently investigated for allegedly killing and illegally transporting a black bear in Alaska. According to ABC News, while filming an episode of his Channel television show "Spirit of the wild," in May 2009, he shot an arrow at a black bear and wounded it slightly. A few days later, he killed another black bear and transported it off federal land. Alaska law allows hunters to kill or wound only one bear per year.
Nugent pleaded guilty to the charge at a U.S. District Court in Anchorage. According to ABC News, his lawyer Wayne Anthony Ross, said: “They’ve got apparently some crazy law in Southeast [Alaska] that says if you even touch an animal with an arrow, it becomes your animal. He looked to see if he had hit it and didn’t believe that he’d hit it fatally.”
Nugent paid a fine of $10,000 under a plea agreement. He was banned from hunting on any U.S. Forest Service land for a year and required to make a 30-to-60 second public service announcement promoting responsible hunting that will be aired during his show every other week for one year.
Nugent, commenting on his prosecution, advised hunters to abide by hunting laws at all cost "even when you are aghast at a maniac, inexplicable, illogical law." Nugent said his prosecution in the U.S. District Court was a "witch hunt" because of his activism. He said: "We the people are turning up the heat, and that's why I'm being singled out by certain fish and game agencies and certain U.S. attorneys."
According to ABC News, Alaska is the second state to prosecute Nugent for contravening hunting laws. In 2010, he was found guilty in California of illegally baiting a deer, and during a 2009 California deer hunt aired on his TV show, his hunting license was found not to be in order and he was fined $1,750.
AP reports that Fort Knox officials said on Monday that classic rock group Blue Oyster Cult will replace Nugent at the June 23 concert at Godman Army Airfield.