Ted Nugent is at it again.
Appearing on conservative pundit Alex Jones' radio program on Tuesday, the controversial rocker suggested that American soldiers who commit suicide are driven to the act by "heartbreak" that President Barack Obama is violating the constitution.
The comment came as Jones and Nugent discussed what they identified as a mainstream media conspiracy against the Tea Party -- conducted because, as Nugent said, Tea Partiers represent "an intelligence to the scam… led by the groomed America-hater commander in chief."
I'm gonna hit you with something even more ugly, and just heartbreaking, and anti-American than anything else. I bet you've covered this Alex. We have an epidemic, an unprecedented increase, in the heroes of the U.S. military committing suicides, and I'm gonna tell you why. I’m sure the leftist blogs are gonna attack me, misquote me.
But I’ll tell you why more and more warrior heroes of the military are killing themselves: because they are in absolute frustration and heartbreak that their boss, their commander in chief violates the Constitution that he has made an oath to, while their hero warrior blood brothers are being blown to smithereens and blown up while executing their oath to the same Constitution that the president, the vice president and the attorney general violate.
Nugent went on to say that -- in speaking personally to soldiers gathered around "an Uncle Ted campfire" -- he got the distinct impression that they were repulsed by Obama. "These guys take that oath of the Constitution to heart," Nugent said, and "when they see the abuse of power, and corruption, and the sheer criminality" of the Obama administration, "the frustration level is evil, it's palpable, it's a disease."
At the National Center for Veterans Studies, recent interviews with soldiers whose suicide attempts failed found that each individual has a complex set of reasons for wanting to end their life, with many listing more than 10 different stress factors in their personal lives. The suicide rate was highest among soldiers who were divorced or separated.
Other recent research points to a potential link between suicide and traumatic brain injuries caused by explosions on the battlefield.
Nugent has been particularly vocal as of late about the administration's gun control efforts. He was invited to President Obama's State of the Union address in January by Rep. Steve Stockman (R- Tex), who said Nugent represented a "very articulate spokesman" for positions counter Obama. Earlier that same month, the he raised the threat of Revolutionary War-style armed resistance against the federal government, which he suggested was "attempting to re-implement the tyranny of King George."