Fresh off of the NRA Annual Meeting and Conference, with an outbreak of violence in Venezuela, this week’s op-ed by LTC West is especially timely.
“Once upon a time, the people of Venezuela were citizens, able to enjoy their life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. But, as is the case throughout history, a tyrannical dictator comes along and realizes that the first thing necessary for their ascent to power is to disarm the people. And so it was that Hugo Chavez used the excuse of eliminating gun violence as the reason for gun confiscation. See, when the people are rendered as helpless victims, subjects, the policies of dictators, theocrats, and autocrats are easy to implement. All one must do is look at those aligning themselves with the current socialist dictator of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro. Those countries are Russia, China, Iran, Turkey, and Cuba. I would affirm that these are not exactly the most welcoming vacation places for human and individual rights, liberties, and freedoms. And we in America experienced exactly what the people of Venezuela are facing. Just as Maduro has brought in Cuban, Russian mercenaries and is being assisted in the repression of freedom of speech by the Chinese, masters of such, we experienced the British who brought in the vicious Hessians.”
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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.
West is a commissioned officer in the Texas State Guard. He’s Fox News Contributor, former Director of the Booker T. Washington Initiative at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Senior Fellow at the Media Research Center, contributing columnist for Townhall.com, 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, and the forthcoming We Can Overcome.