"If Barack Obama gets to be president again this November, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year," Nugent declares. When someone in the crowd chortles, Nugent glares. "Why are you laughing?" he scolds. "That's not funny at all. I'm serious as a heart attack."

Chewing on gum, his hair pulled back in a ponytail, the Nuge fields questions from several conventiongoers. The last man asks, with a deadly serious glint in his eye:

"I joined the NRA many years ago realizing that I desperately want to keep this fight in the political arena. But do you realize the power that you have? That if you say the word, there will be very many of us behind you, in a heartbeat?"

Megan Gilliland

"Boy, do I," Nugent responds. "On all fronts. Let me give you a little insight here: Keep your eyes peeled because I may need you soon. I'll leave it at that."

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