After a year in which he largely avoided controversial public statements, Ted Nugent has begun 2016 by ramping up his rhetoric against President Barack Obama. After the president's speech about gun control today (Jan. 5), Nugent attacked Obama repeatedly on social media.

Nugent wrote on Facebook, "I will write a comprehensive piece on the Chicago scam artist in chief on his latest lies about tyranical trampling of the 2nd Amendment but know it ye all goodmen everywhere that his ongoing criminal oath violating INFRINGEMENTS would NOT have stopped nor will ever stop ANY mass shootings or crime that anyone is aware of. He is a psychopathic America hating liar. Period. Even his freedom hating AG made it perfectly clear she is ".... keeping a close eye on gun owners...." instead of repeat criminal thugs. Dear God in heaven America is going down fast! Give NRA mbrshps to everyone you know TODAY!!"

For emphasis, Nugent linked to a Fox News piece that cited a study questioning the efficiency of background checks on gun sales. He then continued his words on Twitter, saying "its not the guns stupid-its the engineered recidivism-nobody believes u" and "your thug constituency rejoices your latest gunscam mr prez." He concluded by saying that "both parties are soulless corrupt turncoats in criminal violation of their oaths."

This afternoon, Obama called for a national "sense of urgency" in fighting gun violence. He called upon Congress to "[get] on board with common-sense gun safety measures" and said that, if they would not act, "there are actions within my legal authority that we can take to help reduce gun violence and save more lives."

Back in November, Nugent expressed admiration for GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump, calling him "the hellraiser America has needed for a very longtime." He wondered, "Are there enough Americans smart enough to end the nightmare?"

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