Allen West: Gun control is your index finger

Allen West1When I served in the Marine Corps, I was taught that gun control meant hitting what you aimed at.

Speaking with Newsmax, former GOP Rep. Allen West said pretty much the same thing.

“This is your gun control, this finger right here – your index finger,’’ he told Newsmax TV in a 15-minute exclusive interview.

“Nothing happens with that gun until you put that finger into the trigger well and you pull it. So my concern is that we’re not talking about the real issue, we’re talking about a political agenda,” he added.  “I don’t [see Obama succeeding]. I think the president maybe believes he has some sort of populous mandate . . . but that’s not going to fly very well.’’

Newsmax added:

The Florida Republican, a retired U.S. Army colonel who’s a tea party favorite, said there is “big concern’’ across the country about Obama enacting an executive order to push through a firearms mandate.

“That’s not in contra, as we are a republic with co-equal branches of government, separate of power — so that’s what really concerns people,’’ West said.

The lawmaker said when he studied the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, and a Colorado movie theater “the real commonality is . . . that there were parental problems, there was a mental issue.

“And I think that’s where we should start first and foremost,’’ he said.

He also said that members of the military, police, and civilians are strongly responding to the possibility of a White House intervention, Newsmax reported.

“You look at the state of Wyoming, which has already proposed legislation saying they will not allow any federal agent to come in and try to register someone’s guns or confiscates someone’s gun,’’ West said.

“And they’re talking about in the state of Wyoming making that a two-year penalty, a crime actually.’’

Watch the interview here, or read the rest at Newsmax.


Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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