Ted Nugent has suggested that poor diets for children could be a contributing factor to school shootings. The outspoken conservative rocker made his comments during an appearance on Monday's edition of Newsmax's "The Joe Pags Show".
"On my Facebook right now I have highlighted a documentary that concludes — and you cannot escape the reality, the diet of these children, from birth — you talk about ADD and autism," Nugent said. "It's a direct result, in more cases than not, I believe in the 90-plus percentile, a diet of sugars and chemicals and fake garbage that doesn't allow them to think properly.
"If you really look at the pharmaceutical attack on our children, trying to compensate for a diet that is absolutely poisonous, and in every instance — you mark my words when the studies are finalized — you will find that Columbine, Virginia Tech, Aurora, certainly Sandy Hook, these maniac murderers in Parkland and now Santa Fe, if you really studied the slovenliness and the zombie-like conduct of these murderers, you go back to their diet and examine what they've put into their sacred temple, and it's all garbage, it's all poison," he continued.
"I know a lot of people are going to poo poo what I'm saying, but go to my Facebook right now and examine this documentary. That we have destroyed the diet of our country and all around the world, including Africa and Australia, what used to be healthy, athletic, self-sufficient individuals are now obese, slovenly, train wrecks where they can't even take care of themselves. And it goes right to the garbage we feed our children.
"I know people think I'm trying to get away from the gun issue, but it's not a gun issue," Nugent added. "It is a conduct issue. Now you add the violent games, the violent movies and you add the fact that the parents often, more often than not, just don't guide, don't nurture, don't discipline their children, and you've got kids out of control. Check out what we are feeding our children and you will find the answer to this calamity."
One person who seemingly took issue with Nugent's comments was British media personality Piers Morgan, who slammed the gun-rights advocate, branding him an "idiot."
Morgan took aim at Nugent in reaction to a tweet published by Media Matters stating, "NRA board member Ted Nugent blames school shootings on unhealthy diets: 'Check out what we are feeding our children and you will find the answer to this calamity.'"
Morgan responded by writing: "Guns, you idiot. You're feeding them GUNS."