Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine likes a good conspiracy theory. Especially if it involves Barrack Obama. Earlier this year, he admitted to being one of the alarming number of Americans who don’t believe that their president was born in the US. Even though he was. As well as that, Mustaine believes that Obama didn’t exist until 1996, when he became State Senator of Illinois.
You’d have thought those were enough bizarre theories for one man to be getting on with. But no. He has another one. And this one’s worse because it warps awful things that actually happened and affected real people – the recent mass shootings at a cinema in Colorada and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
Speaking during a performance in Singapore last week Mustaine said: “Back in my country, my president… he’s trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all of these murders – Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there and now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple. I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going”.
I think there are quite enough murders in the US as it is, so the logic that Obama would need to stage a few to pass a new law banning guns doesn’t really hold very well. And then there’s the fact that Obama has never proposed a law banning guns anyway. Both the National Rifle Association and Mitt Romney have accused him of being an “anti-gun president”, but it’s not a topic he’s actually brought up very much at all during his time in office.
Speaking to popular conspiracy theorist Alex Jones last Thursday, Mustaine justified his comments saying: “In the heat of the moment, when you’re onstage and you’re talking, sometimes you’re not as eloquent as you’d like to be… [But] we really need to investigate this. I love our country and my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it… I just think that we deserve to know the truth – that’s it”.
He added: “I’m a patriot. I’ve always been controversial. I’m a political songwriter. And this wasn’t done to hurt any of my fellow countrymen. I think that it’s something that we really, really need to look into”.
That’s right, someone should just quickly check and see if Barrack Obama is ordering mass murders in order to help gain public support for his non-existent proposal of a new law. Good work, Dave. I’m sure everyone appreciates your tireless efforts to ensure that all Americans will be allowed to safely fill their houses with guns forever more. Because that’s been going really well over the last 236 years.
Anyway, you can hear Dave spouting off to James in full here: