Ted Nugent had Jim Zumbo posting on his forum today.
"The last few days have been an educational experience, to say the least. My ill-conceived inflammatory blog, as all of you now know, set off a firestorm
that, Iím told, has never before been equaled. Iím not proud of that.
Let me say this at the outset. My words here are from the heart, and all mine. No one can censor me, and I answer to no one but myself. And I have no one to blame but myself. Outdoor Life, a magazine that I worked for full-time as Hunting Editor for almost 30 years, fired me yesterday. My TV show was cancelled yesterday. Many of my sponsors have issued statements on their website to sever all relationships. This may cause many of you to do backflips and dance in the streets, but, of course, Iím not laughing, nor am I looking for sympathy. I donít want a pity party.
They say hindsight is golden. Looking back, I canít believe I said the words ďbanĒ and ďterroristĒ in the context that I did. I donít know what I was thinking when I wrote that. I can explain this as sheer ignorance and an irresponsible use of words. What Iíve learned over the last few days has enlightened and amazed me. As a guy who hunts 200 days a year, does seminars on hunting, wrote for six hunting magazines, had a hunting TV show, and wrote 20 books on hunting, how could I have been so ignorant and out of touch with reality in the world of hunting and shooting?
But I was. I really canít explain it, maybe because I just summarily dismissed the firearms in question in my mind when I saw them in magazines and catalogs. I saw one ďblackĒ firearm in a hunting camp in all my 50 years of hunting, and I shot one last year off a boat when fishing in Alaska. To tell the truth, it was fun and I enjoyed it immensely, but I never considered one for use in hunting. I have to tell you that I have had a revelation. Iím learning that many of my pals own AR-15ís and similar firearms and indeed use them for hunting. I was totally unaware that they were being used for legitimate hunting purposes. That is the absolute truth.
My biggest regret is not the financial impact of all this. Iím almost 67 and retirement is an option. The dreadful impact here is that I inadvertently struck a spear into the hearts of the people I love mostÖAmericaís gun owners. And, even though this huge cadre of dedicated people have succeeded in stripping me of my career, I hold no grudges. I will continue to stand as firm on pro hunting as Iíve ever done. But whatís different now is that Iíll do all I can to educate others who are, or were, as ignorant as I was about ďblackĒ rifles and the controversy that surrounds them. My promise to you is that Iíll learn all I can about these firearms, and by the time this week is out, Iíll order one. The NUGE has invited me to hunt with him using AR-15ís, and Iím eager to go, and learn. Iíll do all I can to spread the word.
I understand that many of you will not accept this apology, believing that the damage has been done and thereís no way to repair it. You have that right. But let me say this. I mentioned this above, and Iíll repeat it. Iím willing to seize this opportunity to educate hunters and shooters who shared my ignorance. If youíre willing to allow me to do that, we can indeed, in my mind, form a stronger bond within our ranks. Maybe in a roundabout way we can bring something good out of this."