MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine believes that he “probably should’ve said things differently” when he suggested onstage at a concert that President Obama was behind the mass shootings in Aurora and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
While performing with MEGADETH on August 7 in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he’s staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.”
He continued: “I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”
Speaking to RollingStone.com, Mustaine admitted that he is wary of the media these days.
“You can’t say what you want to say anymore without people punishing you,” he said. “You can’t joke around very much anymore without people misinterpreting what you’re saying.”
“You know, I probably should’ve said things differently,” he said about his statements in Singapore. “I probably should’ve skipped that altogether. I learned a valuable lesson from all of this stuff.”
According to Mustaine, when he made his comments in Singapore, he was merely repeating the theories of Larry Pratt, a pro-gun activist who runs the organization Gun Owners Of America.
“He said something about it and no one went after him. But everyone went crazy on me,” Mustaine told RollingStone.com. “I’ve been talking about politics my whole career. The second album — my God, it shows the U.N. completely blown up and destroyed. So I don’t know why, all of a sudden, now’s the time for people to take exception with what I’m saying.”