Originally published May 8, 2012
Sooner or later, one of Ted Nugent’s followers would hit the big time.
Last month, Turner Corp., the parent company of CNN received an interesting e-mail. It read, in part, “I sent a bomb threat to the White House today and to several radio stations. Sooner or later I will grab someone, maybe in the woods, on the trail, and beat the life out of them. He [Obama] is the one that is destroying patriotism in the U.S.A. Ted Nugent is right. So, Obama is allowing me to be tortured to the point that I may murder someone, rather that deal with the mess he made. Your president is a coward.”
The author of this and several other threatening e-mails, Christopher Hecker of Waynesboro, Virginia, was arrested outside the Waynesboro Public Library where he had been using their computers to send the e-mails. He threatened to bomb the White House, hotels, the Philadelphia City Hall, and the World Trade Center site. The e-mails were sent to a variety of media outlets.
Hecker was arraigned in Federal Court in Harrisonburg, Virginia, on Friday. At the hearing, Hecker said he was going to plead “no contest” to the charges and wanted to be immediately given the death sentence. The judge ordered a psyche evaluation on him.
Now, didn’t we say at the time of Nugent’s NRA rant that there was probably some lunatic who would take him seriously? Okay, Nugent, if you really want to convince us that you were just being rhetorical, how about you volunteer to pay this poor man’s legal costs?