Ted Nugent Apologizes For Violent Rhetoric In Past, Promises To Tone It Down

In the wake of last week’s incredibly scary shooting incident in Alexandria, Virginia, there have been a ton of calls for the overall political rhetoric to be toned down several notches. In the wake of the shooting at the GOP Congressional baseball practice, Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) was critically wounded, and four others were severely injured. The gunman, James Hodgkinson, was also shot dead. The shooting was politically motivated, as Hodgkinson was found to have a seriously anti-Republican stance.

While Hodgkinson was an adult that was responsible for his own actions, his social media profile was littered with hateful rhetoric. A man that was unhinged became consumed with his rage towards the other side, and he decided to do something about it. That’s a terrifying situation. Neither side of the aisle is innocent when it comes to inflammatory statements, and it’s quite clear that it’s having a substantial impact on our political discourse. Additionally, the divide is only growing larger with every hateful word that’s uttered.

As Fox News Insider reports, rocker Ted Nugent is among those that have pledged to tone things down in the wake of the Alexandria shooting. The conservative Nugent has seen his fair share of controversy through the years by offering up some colorful assessments on how he sees the world, and he recognizes that this is a turning point that we all need to learn from.

"I have never projected hate. That was a metaphor... but the left is so dishonest that they misrepresented that. I'm saying we must all unite to bring no violence, no harm to any of our fellow Americans,” he said. "[Put] America first, make America great again, job security, secure the border. You know, it's so simple even guitar players can figure it out."

That’s a start, but Nugent and others can certainly do better. As the shooting demonstrates, it’s clear that we all must. There’s plenty of finger-pointing that can be done on both sides of the aisle, but there’s simply no need for that. There are countless incidents in which members of both major political parties have crossed the line. Quite simply, there’s no need for that, and it’s high time for it to stop.

The same applies to the media, whether it’s an organization that approaches things from a liberal or a conservative point of view. Does every single piece of ‘breaking’ news have to really be treated as if it’s the end of the world as we know it? A countless number of outlets are guilty of that behavior, and it’s about time to tone it down and save the hyperbole for when it’s really warranted.

Will that happen? Probably not, and that’s downright disappointing. The Alexandria shooting should really serve as a turning point that can help lead to the divide being closed - at least a little bit. While those sentiments have been expressed by many, the proof will come from those that show the courage to actually put those words into action.

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