It took a Republican congressman getting shot to calm down Ted Nugent

Ted Nugent has vowed to stop condoning and referencing violence in his speech

"At the tender age of 69, my wife has convinced me that I just can't use those harsh terms", he said. Yet maybe Nugent actually means what he says, until the next time he gets angry and begins to crazily rant onstage, possibly groping himself. We have got to be respectful to the other side.

Ted Nugent is toning down his "hateful rhetoric" after a gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise. "I can not and I will not", said Nugent, who once called President Barack Obama a "sub-human mongrel", dubbed Hillary Clinton a "devilb-h" and proclaimed "foreigners are scum".

Nugent said he wouldn't make excuses for his "wild-ass comments" made while on stage but blamed it on the "adrenaline and intensity" when performing.

Listen to Nugent's full interview above.

"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. He said he was a "street fighter" who used "certain harsh terms".

"I will avoid anything that can be interpreted as condoning or referencing violence", the Nuge noted. "I've got to take that deep breath". "And if it gets fiery, if it gets hateful, I'm going away and I'm not gonna engage in that hateful rhetoric anymore".

The trio posed in front of a portrait of former first lady Hillary Clinton. Nugent, who became famous in the 1970s for his outrageous rock star persona and the radio staple "Cat Scratch Fever", has said Hillary Clinton should be hanged.

Many found the image disrespectful, but it could have been worse: Nugent told The New York Times someone in the group suggested they pose with the middle finger extended.

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