Ted Nugent will be one of the speakers at a rally Tuesday (November 4) on the steps of the state Capitol in Lansing, Michigan to support a bill that would make Michigan the 40th state to allow dove hunting.The rally, which starts at 9 a.m., backs a bill introduced by Rep. Susan Tabor, R-Delta Township. Her legislation would make the dove a game species and allow the Natural Resources Commission to set rules for hunting doves, as it does numerous other species of birds, fish and mammals. Nugent has been a strong supporter of efforts to pass a dove-hunting bill for years. In other news, Nate Hoekstra of Grand Valley Lanthorn reports that Nugent will be coming to the Grand Valley State University for a lecture on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Hosted by the GVSU College Republicans, Nugent is expected to speak on several different topics including the American Dream, the war on terror, patriotism and the war on drugs. After the show, Nugent will be available for autographs. There will also be merchandise for sale. Tickets are available for students for free from the GVSU Information Desk, while public tickets are $5 and are available at West Michigan Tickets Plus locations.
There will be 2,000 seats available for the lecture. "I'm optimistic that we can fill 1,500 seats for the event," said Student Senate Vice President of Student Resources Nick Dekker. GVSU's Student Senate gave College Republicans a total of $23,000 to bring Nugent to campus for the night. "As opposed to other speakers, we decided to bring Ted Nugent to campus to kind of spark some discussion among students on campus," Dekker said, "He's an entertaining figure and we think that the students can really get a lot out of him coming to campus." Dekker said that he hopes that students will go and see Nugent and be open to his point of view on different topics. "We want all people to come regardless of their views because I really feel that this is a presentation that if you come and listen to, whether or not you agree with him on the topics, you can walk away from having really gotten something out of it,” Dekker said. President of College Republicans Mike Wescott said that he is excited because, not only is Nugent a political activist, but a world-renowned rock star. "I think students are used to hearing professors with Ph.D.s give seminars," Wescott said, "but Nugent doesn't have a Ph.D. and isn't going to limit what he says. He's going to give a raw, unbridled truth of his opinions and we just want something so blunt and so honest that it will shock the community with what he has to say."