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Allen West claim about the EPA and gun control is full of holes

by @amysherman1

Former Congressman Allen West has taken aim at a surprising gun control villain: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

"It seems that back door gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States. ...," wrote the Republican and retired Army lieutenant colonel on his website Dec. 1. "So America, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with Obamacare and Iran nuclear negotiations, our Second Amendment rights are undergoing an assault by clandestine infiltration."

Here’s West’s explanation in a nutshell: The Doe Run lead smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri will close its doors this month due to air quality restrictions. "What this all means," West wrote, "is that after December 2013, any ammunition that will be available to US citizens will have to be imported, which will surely increase the price and possibly come under government control."

Is West correct to conclude that the EPA’s actions are "back door gun control"? A reader asked us to check West’s claim, so we did. (A hat tip to the Blaze, which published its own fact-check between the time we spotted West’s claim and the time we published it.) Read our full report from PolitiFact.

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GOLD_CUP45

Are you serious? I hope regular readers of your column are not this gullible.

Let me get this straight. After writing an essay supporting the case for ceasing lead smelting (hardly instilling any objectivity whatsoever for the reader in your analysis) your shocking conclusion is that Mr West is wrong.

2+2=5 right?

Robert Jenkins

Allen, you were forced to leave the Military for Conduct unbecoming, using a fire arm. You were removed by voters for Conduct they found to be unbecoming. Do you really think any "normal" person; gives a damnabout what comes out of your mouth? Really? Just go away, or perhaps move to Collier County; as their Cocaine Congressman, might be leaving for Conduct Unbecoming a Congressman. Hey you're an expert on Conduct Unbecoming Behavior, and a Tea Party Republican; shoot man, you'd fit right in!!!

GOLD_CUP45

Mr. Jenkins, if you really want to address Mr West personally in your comment I hope you will do so.
He can be contacted any number of ways online through his blog, Facebook page, etc.

Pretending you are here really doesn't count you know.

Tally Folly

Allen West is full of Sh*t?
No News Here.
Happy to tell him to his face as well Gold Cup.

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