Allen B. West

I may never be president, but…

I got back to Dallas Sunday morning after a week in Washington DC, primarily for the NRA Winter Board meeting. There are some 100 million gun owners in America, and the NRA membership is at five million. We can and must increase that number because this is the year to get the issue of national reciprocity for concealed carry licenses pushed through.  

I cannot express enough my sincere appreciation to the NRA membership for allowing me to serve y’all as a member of the NRA Board of Directors. During our board meeting we received a briefing on the NRA impact on the 2016 presidential election — we made the difference in the battleground states such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan. But, the fight is just beginning, and we have our work cut out for us, especially when you consider the billions of dollars in resources coming from folks like Michael Bloomberg and George Soros funding anti-gun groups.

Therefore, it’s a real honor to know the NRA Annual meeting this May will be held in my hometown, my birthplace of Atlanta Georgia. What a distinct honor it will be to come home to Atlanta in May as a board member of the organization that touts itself as “Freedom’s safest place.”

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I want the Atlanta NRA Annual meeting to be the biggest ever, and truly send a message in my hometown, the cradle of the civil rights movement, of one single point: The greatest civil right is the ability of a law abiding American to legally own a firearm and protect themselves.

The message of the NRA is simple, the Second Amendment is an individual right as prescribed by our Founding Fathers and enshrined in our Constitution and it is a fundamental premise for individual liberty and protection.

It’s an argument, a discussion that I welcome anyone to debate against. Because as I’ve always stated, an armed American is a citizen, an unarmed American is a subject.

And when we look at our inner city communities — such as where I grew up in Atlanta’s Old Fourth Ward — we see law abiding Americans being subjected to wanton criminality and violence. And this is happening to them all because there’s a contingent of tyrannical elitists, who are safeguarded by guns, but deny these Americans their Second Amendment right. This is why we need the NRA. This is why National Reciprocity is vital to be passed and signed into law this year.

And that’s why going home to Atlanta as a member of the NRA Board of Directors means so very much to me. It’s conveying a message, saying to my fellow Atlantans, one of your sons has come back home, and he represents freedom’s safest place.” I want more Atlantas, Georgians, my fellow Tennessee Volunteers, and everyone from all across the South and America to descend on the cradle of our American Civil Rights movement and talk about the most important civil right, life, and your right to protect yours.

Plan to be there in May, in Atlanta, I want to meet y’all, your families, and future generations of Second Amendment warriors for America. I want our law enforcement officers to be there so we can tell you how much we love y’all and appreciate all you do on the front lines of domestic freedom and tranquility, often against the headwinds of political betrayal.

Liberty, freedom, the individual right to legally own a firearm are not about skin color, but about the character of being an American citizen, and the character of our nation. And that is what the favored son of Atlanta, a man born and raised in the same Old Fourth Ward neighborhood as I, Dr. Martin Luther King, talked about — character, not skin color.

I am dedicated to the restoration of this Constitutional Republic. And I realize if that doesn’t reach into our large urban centers, it will never take full root. We must restore our two-parent family structure, and for me, that’s defined as a mom and dad.

We must restore better education opportunities and provide options and choice, to parents. We must restore economic growth, entrepreneurship, and small business prosperity. And even with all that, if we don’t restore law and order and the individual right and freedom, to safeguard that which they love, we fail.

And let me explain something, in my home at 651 Kennesaw Avenue NE in Atlanta, Dad had a pump action single barrel shotgun and Mom had her .38 special revolver — that was their right! They’re buried together, one man and one woman, servants and Guardians of this Republic, in Marietta National Cemetery, just up I-75 north from our exit on North Avenue.

So, I’m coming home to Atlanta to advocate for our ultimate Civil Right, and admonish others to be a part of “freedom’s safest place.”

However, there’s another fella going home this week to give an address. Barry Soetoro is heading back to Chicago to deliver his farewell address — a farewell for what? Obama is heading back to a place indicative of that which I stand against.

Consider the rate of crime and death occurring in Chicago, Obama’s hometown. This is a place where freedom has no place. This is a place where honest, law-abiding Americans have been disarmed, and therefore are not citizens; they’re subjects.

This is a place where the family has been decimated, educational opportunities restricted, small business growth and entrepreneurial prosperity has been stymied, and the right to defend oneself has been denied.

So what message does Barack Obama deliver to a city where there’s more desire to protect criminal illegal aliens than protect law-abiding citizens? What message does Obama bring home when it’s been his federal government that’s failed in upholding the law and prosecuting criminals, felons, who are in illegal possession of firearms — while those seeking legal ownership are dismissed?

Obama started his rule as president by halting the DC school voucher program for qualified young minority kids in Washington DC — while his girls attend the prestigious Sidwell Friends. It’s Obama who speaks out for gun control while his kids are protected 24/7 by armed individuals…unlike the mothers in Chicago who have no protection for their children.

So, what “farewell” message is Obama supposed to deliver? I’ll tell you — it’s one of delusion and despair. It’s a farewell message that elevates the collective over the individual, expressing a goal towards making more victims, not victors. It’s a farewell message rooted in the fundamental transformation premise of economic servitude, subservience, and enslavement. It will be a message rooted in the failure of identity politics, mainly the focus on racial divisiveness, not the character of the individual to set goals and achieve, unless enabled by an onerous government that determines our path, our course, our end state in life.

This is the same Barack Obama who chastised the Congressional Black Caucus and said “stop complaining” — how ironic. He told them to take off their bedroom slippers — how condescending. And this past year it was Obama who told the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation that he would take it as a “personal insult” if they didn’t vote for Hillary Clinton…to preserve his legacy. That doesn’t exactly sound like a guy doing anything for the people, but instead out for himself.

One has to wonder, what foundational principles were inculcated into a young Barry Soetoro? Buck and Snooks West taught me about faith, family, individual responsibility, education, and service to the nation…that’s my coming home message.

I may never be president of the United States. But I will forever be able to say something and be something that Barack Hussein Obama will never be: ”I am a life and board member of the National Rifle Association of America, and I am “freedom’s safest place.”

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