Rocker and celebrity gun rights advocate Ted Nugent met with the Secret Service yesterday to discuss remarks he recently made that were interpreted by some as a threat of violence against President Barack Obama. His comments, made at an National Rifle Association convention, included the statement that “If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will be either be dead or in jail by this time next year.” Referring to the upcoming election, Nugent said that conservatives need to “ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November.” (You can see a video clip of Nugent’s remarks and read more about the story at True Hollywood Reporter.)
Following the meeting, Nugent wrote a post on his website that recapped the NRA event and ended with this description of his Secret Service encounter: “I met with two fine, professional Secret Service agents in OK today. Good, solid, professional meeting concluding that I have never made any threats of violence towards anyone. The meeting could not have gone better. I thanked them for their service, we shook hands and went about our business. Godbless the good federal agents wherever they may be.”
The Washington Post reported that the Secret Service considers the issue resolved and will take no further action.
Nugent is fairly well-known in Indian country for his love of hunting, which he often does with a bow. According to the official biography on his website, Nugent was the keynote speaker at the 1995 Native American Fish & Wildlife Society National Conference, held in Anchorage, Alaska, and has been Inducted into the Native American Strongheart Society by the Lakota Sioux, Northern Cheyenne and Arapahoe Tribes. Nugent is a professed Christian, but says that the admires Native American spirituality, and one of his best known songs, “Great White Buffalo,” is about how the relationship between the American Indian and the buffalo was ruined by “the white man.” The Ted Nugent United Sportsmen of America is a hunting organization with “tribes” around the country, and Nugent has been known to hunt on Tribal lands—here’s an account of a bear hunt with his family on the Quinault Reservation.