Megadeth was formed in the mid-1980s after lead singer Dave Mustaine was kicked out of renowned thrash metal band Metallica. The group has maintained a steady stream of releases in the nearly 30 years since they formed and recently promoted a short tour.
Dave Mustaine has remained a controversial and stridently political frontman. Earlier this year, he told the music magazine Musicradar.com that he supported Rick Santorum, “You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I’m hoping that if it does come down to it, we’ll see a Republican in the White House… and that it’s Rick Santorum.”
Those statements about the Republican primary hardly prepared us for the newest rant by Mustaine. Recently, a video of Mustaine at a concert in Singapore in early August surfaced on the internet. In the video, he blames President Obama for staging shootings in order to pass gun control laws. The short clip, produced by TMZ, shows the singer holding his guitar as he begins to chat to the audience. “Back in my country,” he says, “my president [inserts finger in mouth as though he wants to vomit] is trying to pass a gun ban.”
The singer goes on to theorize that Obama has staged all of the recent incidents of gun violence, including the Fast and the Furious incident at the U.S. border, the Aurora shooting, and the Sikh temple shooting. According to Mustaine, Obama’s government is “turning into Nazi America.” He concludes his rant by suggesting that he might move to Singapore if “America keeps going the way it’s going.”
Mustaine’s accusations are part of a larger move to blame liberal politicians for gun violence in the United States, although that connection seems hardly viable. The head of the conservative American Family Association as well as a Texas republican both blamed liberal policies for the Aurora shooting back in July.
But Mustaine took his rant in a different direction, likening liberals to Nazis and suggesting a much more massive government plot to control Americans and their gun freedom. Unfortunately, this theory doesn’t make all that much sense. After Aurora, gun sales spiked in the U.S., rather than declined. Politicians have been markedly reticent to discuss the actual mechanics of gun control legislation, and shootings in various places in the country have continued. Another shooting just occurred at Texas A&M University in which several people were injured and other people were killed.
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