On Friday night, Rep. Allen West (R-FL) spoke at the Palm Beach County Friends of the NRA annual banquet, where he delivered a historical review of the Second Amendment. Invoking the words of the Founding Fathers, West warned the audience of the dangers of a federal government that would ignore the words of the U.S. Constitution.

At the beginning of his speech, he read aloud the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to mass applause: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

Then, West went on to share some quotes from the Founding Fathers, reaffirming the right of Americans to bear arms. Among the quotes was one from President James Madison who once wrote, ”The Constitution preserves the advantage of being armed, which Americans possess over the people of almost every other nation where the governments are afraid to trust the people with arms.”

West praised the U.S. and said that the people must ensure that an excellent future be passed on to future generations. He also showered accolades upon the Founding Fathers for their courage and resolve in crafting the nation’s inception.

“An armed man is a citizen. A disarmed man is a subject,” West closed, reaffirming his belief in the importance of the Second Amendment. “We gather here tonight to separate that which makes America exceptional and unique.”

Watch West’s powerful speech below:

(H/T: BIZ PAC Review)

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