WASHINGTON (CIRCA) – Rock star Ted Nugent says the students who survived a recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida are “mushy-brained children.”
Nugent adds that Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who have become gun control advocates after last month’s violence “have no soul.”
“The lies from these poor, mushy-brained children who have been fed lies and parrot lies,” he said Friday on radio host Joe Pagliarulo’s “The Joe Pags Show.”
“The level of ignorance goes beyond stupidity,” added Nugent, a National Rifle Association board member.
“The National Rifle Association are a bunch of American families who have a voice to stand up for our God-given, constitutionally given right to keep and bear arms.”
Nugent took particular issue with David Hogg and Emma Gonzalez, two of the most outspoken Parkland survivors.
“I really feel sorry for them,” he said. “It’s not only ignorant, dangerous and stupid – it’s soulless.”
“To attack the good, law-abiding families of America when well-known, predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless,” Nugent continued.
“These poor children, I’m afraid to say – the evidence is irrefutable: They have no souls.”
Nugent is a vocal conservative and a fierce supporter of gun ownership and hunting rights.
Gonzalez, Hogg and other Parkland survivors have publicly pressured lawmakers to tackle gun violence with stricter firearm regulations since last month’s attack.
Seventeen people died and 17 more were wounded in February when a gunman opened fire inside Stoneman Douglas.
Suspected gunman Nikolas Cruz, a former student at the school, is now facing multiple criminal charges in relation to the bloodshed.
Cruz’s attorneys have admitted he committed the massacre, adding he would plead guilty in exchange for a life sentence.
Prosecutors have said they will seek the death penalty for the 19-year-old, however, amid raging national debate over gun control.