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Ted Nugent says Parkland students calling for gun control have "no soul"

Last Updated Apr 1, 2018 12:01 AM EDT

Rocker Ted Nugent says the Florida students calling for gun control have "no soul" and are "mushy brained children." He made the comments Friday while defending the National Rifle Association as a guest on the Joe Pags Show, a nationally syndicated conservative radio program.

Nugent, an NRA board member, said survivors of the Parkland school shooting are wrong to blame the NRA for mass shootings. He went on to say that "the evidence is irrefutable, they have no soul," and that the gun-control measures they support amount to "spiritual suicide." 

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Ted Nugent listens as U.S. President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress February 12, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A representative for the 69-year-old Nugent did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Nugent made the comments the same day several advertisers dropped Fox News personality Laura Ingraham after she mocked David Hogg, a survivor of the Parkland shooting, online. The Atlantis, Paradise Island resort; Office Depot, Jenny Craig, Hulu, Nutrish, TripAdvisor, Expedia, Wayfair, StitchFix, Nestlé and Johnson & Johnson said they would pull ads from her show.   

She announced Friday she would be taking a vacation to celebrate Easter with her family. A Fox News spokesperson told CBS News the vacation was pre-planned.