Pa. SAFE Caucus leaders denounce Ted Nugent anti-Semitic rant, call for NRA to drop him from board

HARRISBURG, Feb. 10 – The co-chairs of the Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus are calling for the National Rifle Association to remove Ted Nugent from its board following Nugent's anti-Semitic rant against gun safety actions and advocates.

State Rep. Dan Frankel, D-Allegheny, said: "Nugent called 12 prominent Jewish American supporters of commonsense gun reforms 'Nazis' and used an image showing an Israeli flag on all 12 of their photos. His hateful actions are outrageous and no decent organization would keep Nugent on its board after that, especially not after he doubled down after the initial post."

State Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Montgomery, said: "Whether you agree with it or not, those who advocate for gun violence prevention, and the spirit of the legislation they promote, are for greater peace and safety in our communities — striving to improve the quality of life for our neighbors and our nation. If the pro-gun lobby, on the other hand, is resorting to this kind of personal and bigoted attack, it simply underscores the weakness of their argument."

The Pennsylvania SAFE Caucus is a group of legislators who believe in working together to reduce all types of violence in society through adequate funding for mental health services; stronger tools for law enforcement; resources to deal with the effects of addiction and illegal drug trade; and solutions that reduce gun violence and promote public safety.