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NRA board member Ted Nugent claims student protesters have ‘no soul’

Even as the National Rifle Association faces ongoing backlash in the wake of last month’s deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida, one of the lobbying group’s most outspoken representatives added fuel to the fire with comments he made in a radio interview Friday.

Ted Nugent, a musician and NRA board member, appeared on the Joe Pags Show this week to discuss the wave of student-led activism that stemmed from the shooting that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

“We have no blood on our hands,” he said of the NRA, claiming that no member of the group has “ever been involved in any mass shootings at all.”

He then attacked a “poor pathetic individual” he called “a liar,” which host Joe Pagliarulo followed with a reference to shooting survivor David Hogg.

The 17-year-old has been a leader in the March for our Lives campaign and has made several media appearances during which he has criticized the NRA and its prominent supporters.

Nugent’s tirade against the teen demonstrators continued to apparently include a larger group of like-minded activists.

“These poor children,” he said. “I’m afraid to say this and it hurts me to say this, but the evidence is irrefutable. They have no soul.”

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