He continued and said, "I'm gonna take a deep breath, and I'm gonna back down".
"When I made those wild-ass comments, on stage, about then-Senator Hillary Clinton and then-senator Barack Obama, I don't know if you can grasp the degree of adrenalin and intensity and sheer over-the-top animal spirit and attitude that I live on stage", he said.
Conservative rocker Ted Nugent, who has a history of inflammatory remarks, vowed Thursday to tone down his act and called for civility on both sides of the political aisle.
No, hell hasn't frozen over, but it got pretty damn close when Ted Nugent said in an interview with a NY radio station that he plans to cool it with his pro-gun rhetoric. "We have got to be civil to each other".
"We've reached critical mass", the Detroit-native said.
"I can not and I will not and I encourage even my friends/enemies on the left in the Democrat and liberal world that we got to be more civil to each other", Nugent said.
But in the days following the June 14 attack, during which a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers who were practicing for a charity baseball game, Nugent has had a come-to-Jesus experience - thanks in large part to his wife.
He added that going further, "I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence". "I'm not going to engage in that rhetoric anymore".
Nugent also claimed he's never referenced violence, but Williams wouldn't let that one slide. "I think some people might have certainly taken it that way for sure". "I told him to suck on my machine gun", Nugent said a decade ago.
"Here's the battle cry for America: zero violence". "Let the juxtaposition speak for itself".