The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

The Right to Keep and Bear Arms

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by LTC Allen West *

January 23, 2019

When you look at what is happening in Venezuela, the average person has lost 20 pounds due to being malnourished. You have places without running water and electricity. Inflation is at an unfathomable. Unarmed people are gunned down and tear-gassed in the streets by the loyal henchmen of socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro, a former bus driver.

Ask yourselves, how could the most prosperous country in Latin America become so impoverished, and the people who were once proud citizens, now rendered subjects?

It’s simple: were disarmed by Hugo Chavez, who knew an armed populace would be citizens who could defend themselves against the impending tyranny of socialism. It is what separates us, the United States of America, from the rest of the world, the individual right to be armed, to defend oneself.

"It is what separates us, the United States of America, from the rest of the world, the individual right to be armed, to defend oneself."

The Founding Fathers knew it was essential to have an armed citizenry to safeguard our Constitutional Republic from tyranny, and criminality. Sadly, here in America, there are those who wish to do as Hugo Chavez and every other socialist dictator has done, disarm the people en route to domination. Simply put, in America, that dawg don’t hunt.

Here is why this issue is important. As reported by Fox News (because you will not read of it elsewhere):

“Three men were killed and two others were injured after dozens of shots were fired by a homeowner in Texas during a home invasion early Sunday, officials said. The incident happened around 1 a.m. in east Houston after five men wearing ski masks broke into the home, police told KPRC. The male resident inside then grabbed his weapon and opened fire at the men.

“The homeowner appears to have defended himself,” Houston Police Department homicide detective Travis Miller told KTRK-TV. A shootout then took place between the groups, according to police.“We have multiple, multiple shell casings from several different types of guns,” Miller said.

One of the suspects was found dead in front of the house, while the others fled in an SUV and on foot. Police told KPRC that the SUV crashed into a pole nearby and a second suspect was found dead inside.A third suspect who was in the SUV fled, collapsed in the street, and later died, KPRC reported. The fourth and fifth suspects, who were also injured in the shooting, were taken to the hospital. The incident remains under investigation by police, who did not release additional information. The homeowner was not injured.”

Ponder this: in states like New Jersey, Virginia, and Oregon, they are seeking to regulate how many rounds a law-abiding citizen can have in their legally purchased firearms. What would have happened to this well-trained citizen if he had been limited in the type of firearm and rounds that he could have in a magazine? Here he was being assaulted, in his home, by five armed assailants and guess what, the good guy with a gun, took down the bad guys with guns. Chances are, the firearms possessed by the criminals were probably illegally obtained. See, criminals do not abide by the law, hence the reason they are called criminals. I read a simple adage which the progressive socialist left gun control nut cases should read: “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

One of our Founding Fathers put asserted it very accurately:“The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes . . . Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.” — Thomas Jefferson, Commonplace Book (quoting 18th-century criminologist Cesare Beccaria), 1774-1776

I previously shared with you the anti-gun ballot initiative being undertaken in Florida by a leftist group. This is the ongoing effort, funded by Michael Bloomberg to disarm we the people.

I read a simple adage which the progressive socialist left gun control nut cases should read: “If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”

You know, the left never said anything about Stephen Willeford who ended the rampage in Sutherland Springs, Texas, armed with an AR-15 . . . and an NRA certified instructor. You never hear the left talk about women who have saved themselves or their families from assault. Nor do you hear about the NRA’s Women on Target program or the Well Armed Woman program.

This is just another example of the liberal progressive media manipulation and why we refer to them as “fake news.” Yes, by intentionally withholding stories such as this one, the leftist media is indeed the enemy of liberty . . . that cannot be debated.

We must wholeheartedly defend our second amendment right, or else we will be on the road to Venezuela . . . and hostages in our own homes. The second amendment enables us to be victors . . . not victims.

*Article reprinted courtesy: LTC Allen West, Author

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During his 22 year career in the United States Army, Lieutenant Colonel West served in several combat zones and received many honors including a Bronze Star, three Meritorious Service Medals, three Army Commendation Medals, one with Valor device, and a Valorous Unit Award.  In November of 2010, Allen was elected to the United States Congress, representing Florida’s 22nd District.

Allen West is a Fox News Contributor, Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for, and author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Family, Faith and Freedom, and Hold Texas, Hold the Nation: Victory or Death, published October 16, 2018, from Brown Books Publishing Group.