03/28/2012 02:04 pm ET

Allen West: Trayvon Martin Tragedy Should Not Be Used 'To Push An Ideological Agenda'

Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.), stated Wednesday that he does not believe the Trayvon Martin case should be politicized.

"I don't think anyone should be using this tragedy to push an ideological agenda -- to include the anti-gun lobby," West told the Daily Caller.

The congressman initially weighed in on the tragedy last week, in a detailed comment on his Facebook page. One of only two African-American Republicans in Congress, West called the event an "outrage," but also stated he did not want to make the conversation about race.

"Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason," wrote West. "I am not heading to Sanford to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences. This is an outrage."

Watch the video above, via the Daily Caller.

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