Former Republican congressman Allen West clashed with liberal commentator Richard Fowler on "The Kelly File" on Tuesday night over gun violence and the death of a 9-year-old girl who was recently fatally shot inside of her Ferguson, Missouri, home while doing homework.
West delivered a blunt response after Fowler said that the key to stopping people from being killed is to advance gun control measures.
"How do we stop a stray bullet from killing this young girl?" Fowler rhetorically asked. "We get illegal guns off the street, we provide more background checks, we limit high-capacity magazines — all things we can do to make sure that another little young girl doesn't die."
But West wasn't buying into this explanation, saying that this is "always the fallback and the excuse," and claiming that there are other structural issues that are truly at the root of the problem.
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"When you look at the fourth of July weekend in Chicago, which has some of the most restricted gun laws in the United States of America, you had 10 black individuals who lost their lives ... some 50 were wounded because of guns," he said. "If Richard is correct there should not be any gun violence in Chicago, because they have those restrictive laws."
West continued, "As a matter of fact, there would not be the thousands of people who have lost their lives — or even in Baltimore you would not have an epidemic of shootings there, where you have some of the most restrictive gun laws."
The former Florida congressman went on to say that Democrats are not willing to "face the facts" when it comes to the multitude of issues at play in the inner city — particularly their own purported role in creating the dynamic.
"Their failed policies within the black community, within the urban centers that are causing the breakdown of the family, that are causing the lack of education opportunities," he said.
Watch West's response below:
Fowler, though, said that everyone — conservative and liberal, alike — should be on board with getting illegal guns off the streets in places like Chicago.
"What you've got to change is policy and procedure," Fowler said.
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