Allen West Plagiarizes Anti-Gun Control Article?

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Allen West (Attribution: Gage Skidmore, [CC BY-SA 2.0] via flickr)

 

UPDATE: Allen West’s article has also been published by Breitbart – the same publication that happily welcomed Rand Paul’s column after it was dropped by the Washington Times due to plagiarism.

UPDATE 12/02/2013 1:21pm (EST):  Allen West’s article has now been edited in an attempt to cover-up the plagiarism.  A large portion of the article has been deleted, and a direct quote from the source article has been inserted in its place. Unfortunately for West, we took several screenshots of his original article from yesterday, one of which we have posted below this article.  Furthermore, the new, edited version still includes some obviously ripped-off material.

On Sunday, former Tea Party Congressman Allen West published an article suggesting that the impending shutdown of America’s last remaining primary lead smelting operation is a premeditated attack on the right to bear arms.

The Doe Run Company’s facility in Herculaneum, MO., will “cease operations” on December 31st, according to the company’s website – a result of its failure to meet EPA standards.  Lead, of course, is used in the manufacturing of ammunition.

“There is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from the government instituting an ammo registration,” West writes.

Setting the conspiracy theories aside for a moment, it appears that nearly the entire piece is plagiarized from an article published on October 29th by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton at NoisyRoom.net, and re-posted by RightWingNews.com.  Here are some comparisons of excerpts from each article.

From Allen West:

“The effect is chilling: you can own all the guns you want, but if you can’t get ammo, you are out of luck.

Remember when President Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. The result is that all domestically mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US. 

Not only will ammo be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more.”

From Terresa Monroe-Hamilton:

“You can own all the guns you want, but if you can’t get ammo, you are out of luck.

Remember when Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. Now, all domestic mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US. Not only will ammo now be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more.”

From Allen West:

“And ponder this, there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from the government instituting an ammo registration.

There hasn’t been a peep about this in the major news outlets, but it’s done. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru, with the overwhelming emphasis on China.”

From Terresa Monroe-Hamilton:

“And ponder this… there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from a government entity instituting de facto ammo registration. So much for the Second Amendment. There has not been a peep about this in the major news outlets and it is done. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru, with the overwhelming emphasis on China.”

 From Allen West:

“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. Remember we reported on this website the gun registration actions being undertaken in Washington DC. Barack Obama and his progressive socialist acolytes are quite savvy at political chess. He is seeking to outflank, envelope, and destroy the Second Amendment. Now it’s our move in 2014.”

From Terresa Monroe-Hamilton:

“So, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with shiny stuff, our Second Amendment rights are just about gone. Obama is one Marxist dictator who is savvy at political chess. He has flanked the Second Amendment. Now it’s our move.”

It seems that Rand Paul isn’t the only Tea Partier with a penchant for plagiarism.

In one of the few paragraphs that may actually be original, West writes, “ I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories.”  This, coming from a man who once told an audience, “I believe there’s about 78-81 members of the Democrat Party that are members of the Communist Party.” (video below)

Screenshot of Allen West’s article before it was edited to cover-up the plagiarism (click to view):

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