Megadeth Frontman Blames Obama for Aurora and Wisconsin Shootings

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 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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Nikola C.
Nikola Chikos4 years ago

Too much drugs, Dave. Too much drugs...

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Donna R - I quite agree on the animals front. However yes, it is obvious we have quite different visions for our country. And I try to be fair but I also am human and when someone makes a remark like "plausible" even considering for a moment that Mustaine's comment could be relevant to truth, I am appalled. And rest assured, I am not in the least trying to silence your right to free speech, but don't be surprised when I also assert my free speech rights when commenting on how completely bizarre I think your one word response to his allegation really is. When we lower our standards to the level of denial of 'plausibility', we open ourselves up to criticism; justifiably so. So don't be thin skinned about it, just know that a little deeper contemplation of the subject matter and the source of that 'matter' is in order. Sorry you cannot understand that I, along with the majority who post here are pretty fed up with the petty allegations and complaints regarding Obama. He has been hated by most in the TBR 'Party of No' since the moment of his inauguration and your party has done nothing but attack him on every front since then. There is NO plausibility of any staging and I am deeply offended you would state such a thing, freedom of speech or not.

Donna R.
Donna R.4 years ago

RUI C. says - Mustaine's getting loonier by the day. Though I quite admire his guitar technique, it's much better when he keeps his mouth shut.

You are probably correct. As much as I love James Taylor, I feel the exact same way about him. My neighbor is a heavy metal lead guitar player. He plays in a very famous heavy metal band. Each time they go on tour they have a limo driver for he and his wife and the rest of the band members ride in an amazing land yacht, which they own.

Anyway, the reason I'm telling you this is because he goes by a stage name and then of course, there's his real name. He's a really wonderful, standup guy. The stage name along with the persona of his act is just that, an act. It pays well to be a little loony~

Rui Cruz
Rui Cruz4 years ago

Mustaine's getting loonier by the day. Though I quite admire his guitar technique, it's much better when he keeps his mouth shut.

Donna R.
Donna R.4 years ago

Hi Lee – I regret my assumption that you didn’t understand what the word plausible meant. Based on your reply, I really wondered if you did. You have always seemed intelligent, fair and honest in your posts. That is, your posts re: animals. I believe we could be 100% friends in that respect. I must say though, I am surprised, I had no idea just because we do not agree on politics and we most definitely have a different vision for our country, you would try and silence my right to free speech

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Donna R - I am well aware of the definition of plausible, but since Mustaine's assertions are not remotely plausible, the intent of the bearer (you) of the word has to be construed as, at the very least rude, and possibly vile. I'll give you the benefit of doubt and just call you rude.

Don H.
Don H.4 years ago

Mustaine's allegations are not PLAUSIBLE!

They are absurd!

Anyone that believes Mustaine's nonsense is gullible in the extreme. You know, just like a regular Tea Party Republican!

Donna R.
Donna R.4 years ago


The word plausible does not mean rude or vile. According to free it says:
1. having an appearance of truth or reason; seemingly worthy of approval or acceptance; credible; believable: a plausible excuse; a plausible plot.
2. well-spoken and apparently, but often deceptively, worthy of confidence or trust: a plausible commentator.

Lee Witton
4 years ago

Donna R - you don't consider "plausible" rude? It's not only rude, it's vile. And I have a great MANY reasons for being a fan of Obama's, just as I have a number of reasons for disagreeing with some of his policies. Having said that, none of my annoyances would keep me from voting for a man who has done his best to clean up the mess left behind by his predecessor. I know how you tea-baggers hate when anyone mentions the mess Obama stepped into, but, oh well....!
Now, back to your comment; if you wish to post inane comments like "plausible" based on assertions of a twit, please don't expect that it will go without comment. You opened yourself up to my comment when you decided to step into the crap!

Donna R.
Donna R.4 years ago

Well Lee, you know strange things happen in the political arena.
With all due respect, why are you such an Obama fan?

BTW, if you cannot converse without throwing in a rude comment, when it comes to growing a brain, take your own advice!