Rep. Allen West (R-FLA) suggests that if Americans are required to buy health insurance, they should also be required to purchase a Glock 9mm handgun.
At a campaign rally in Florida on Sunday, he said that it was “unconscionable” that SCOTUS upheld the health insurance mandate.
West: “What will be next?” “If you don’t buy a certain type of green card, they will tax you. If you don’t buy a certain type of food, they will tax you.”
“Well, I got a great idea, I believe for personal security, every American should have to go out and buy a Glock 9mm. And if you don’t do it, we’ll tax you. Now, I wonder how the liberals will feel about that one.”
So basically, what West advocates is being armed and to be prepared for violent action. His question about how the liberals would feel proves that he is viewing this health insurance mandate as a call to war. An “us against them” mentality. His veiled message is quite clear: Be prepared to shoot anyone who does not take on the Republican ideology.
An ABC news article cites a poll by Kaiser Family Foundation that 56 percent of respondents say they would prefer the opponents to Obamacare stop efforts to block the law and move on to other issues.
Show me ONE Democratic politician suggesting that women should arm themselves with weapons because of the blatant attack on women’s rights. Or one suggesting that people who have been out of work and can’t afford health insurance should get a gun as a way to send a message to the GOP to get busy creating some kind of job bill.
The message sent is violent. Conservatives have always been able to march in lockstep. They follow the leader without thought or any questioning. Consider this when voting.
Kimberley A. Johnson is an author and The Spokeswoman for Rock The Slut Vote, an organization standing up and fighting the war on women. Find her on Facebook, Twitter and “like” the Rock The Slut Vote Facebook page