Popular rock musician and outspoken gun advocate Ted Nugent posted a picture on Facebook last night showing pro-gun control Jews with small Israeli flags.
Several of the pictures were accompanied by anti-Jewish comments, such as "Jew York City mayor Mikey Bloomberg," "Sen. Frank Lautenberg, Gave Russian Jew immigrants your tax money," and "Alan Dershowitz, Harvard professor, Legal gadfly, ISRAEL FIRSTER."
Nugent did not create the picture, but added the text "Know these punks. They hate freedom, they hate good over evil, they would deny us the basic human right to self defense & to KEEP & BEAR ARMS while many of them have tax paid hired ARMED security! Know them well. Tell every1 you know how evil they are. Let us raise maximum hell to shut them down!"
The Anti-Defamation League quickly responded with strong protest, saying: "Ted Nugent has a long history of being an equal opportunity offender. But his latest share on Facebook, making the outrageous suggestion that Jews are behind gun control, is nothing short of conspiratorial anti-Semitism. Regardless of one’s views on gun control, this kind of scapegoating of an entire religious group is completely unacceptable and completely divorced from reality.
"It should go without saying that anti-Semitism has no place in the gun control debate. Nugent should be ashamed for promoting anti-Semitic content, and we hope that good people on both sides of the gun control debate will reject his tactics and his message. We hope that Nugent will have the good sense to remove this share immediately so that it does not spread virally across the internet."
Nugent has previously received criticism for expressing his approval of claims that Israel was responsible for the 9/11 attacks. However, he has also written articles in support of Israel's actions against Hamas.