"The dumbing down of America is manifested in the culture deprivation of our academia that have taught these kids the lies, media that have prodded and encouraged and provided these kids lies. I really feel sorry for them because it’s not only ignorant and dangerously stupid, but it’s soulless. To attack the good law-abiding families of America when well-known predictable murderers commit these horrors is deep in the category of soulless. These poor children, I’m afraid to say, it hurts me to say, but the evidence is irrefutable: They have no soul," Nugent explained. According to Nugent, the gun control measures the students back are equivalent to a "spiritual suicide" and also "will cause more death and mayhem."
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Cameron Kasky responded to Nugent's remarks on Twitter. "If only he saw all the tears. If only he had to look into the eyes I’ve looked into. If only he saw what this did to all of us," the high school junior wrote. "And here the NRA is, receiving more fear-based donations than ever. Talk about ‘no soul.’ This guy better apologize. Seriously."
Kasky was not the only survivor who has some thoughts on Nugent's ignorant comments, Kyra Parrow, a senior, reportedly pointed out the irony that the NRA rallies against bullying when Nugent was "being a 5-year-old acting like a bully" to the students.
Nugent did not respond to AP's request for comment.