Finally – A Rational Case for Firearms Confiscation

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Fidel Castro, Cuban Dictator-for-Life
Fidel Castro made his victorious post-revolution entry into Havana, Cuba on January 8, 1959. The next day, Castro’s regime began collecting guns and disarming the population “for their own good”. Fidel characterized himself as a father to the Cuban people. A loving father only wants what is best for his children and it is from the wellsprings of those concerns that he began a systematic confiscation of firearms.
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I appeal to the public to disarm the ambitious. Why are clandestine arms being stored at this very minute? Why are arms being hidden at distinct points of the capital? Why are arms being smuggled at this moment? I tell you that there are members of certain revolutionary organizations who are smuggling and storing arms. All the arms that were found by the rebel army are stored and locked in barracks, where they belong. What are these arms for? Against whom are they going to be used?

Against the revolutionary government that has the support of all the people? Do we have a dictatorship here? Are we going to take up arms against a free government that respects the rights of the people? We have a free country here. We have no censorship, and the press is free. The people can gather freely if they want to. There is no tormenting of political prisoners, no murders, no terror. When all the rights of the citizens have been restored–and an election for the purpose is going to be held as soon as possible–why do we need arms? Are we going to unseat the President with the arms? Are we going to set up revolutionary organizations? Are we going to have gangsters?  
Are we going to practice daily shooting on the streets of the capital? Why do we need arms? Yet I tell you here and now that two days ago elements of certain organizations broke into the San Antonio barracks, which are under the jurisdiction of Commander Camilo Cienfuegos and also under my jurisdiction as commander in chief of the armed forces, and carried away 500 small arms, (16?) machine guns, and 80,000 cartridges. I wanted to tell you about this and make use of the influence exerted by public opinion so that those who are planning any criminal adventure will not be able to recruit any troops to follow them. The theft of the weapons cannot be justified, because this is not a dictatorship. We are never going to use force, because we belong to the people. Moreover, the day that the people do not want us we shall leave. As soon as possible I will take the rifles off the streets. There are no more enemies, there is no longer anything to fight against, and if some day any foreigner or any movement comes up against the revolution, all the people will fight. The weapons belong in the barracks. No one has the right to have private armies here. 

Governments that disarm their people always
use the argument that it’s for the greater good.

A few days after the firearms confiscation had been completed, Castro began to execute political enemies. As father to the Cuban people, his enemies were naturally…their enemies, and the enemies of his patron, Soviet Russia.

13 thoughts on “Finally – A Rational Case for Firearms Confiscation

  1. The progressive gun-grabbers would argue that this is ancient history, from (gasp) the 1900s, and would never happen here.

    Conservatives know the only reason it has not happened yet is that the U.S. population is mostly armed.

  2. And of course, Fidel and Che are saints of the progressive movement. All one need do is wander a university campus for evidence of same.

  3. ..being old enough to remember the Revolución de 26 Julio, I think back on how giddy the then fresh-faced liberals and communists in this country were about their hero deposing Batista. When the executions started a few eyebrows were raised. After three days of senseless, non-stop slaughter, the revulsion was palpable even amongst those clowns.

  4. Old NFO, I've been interspersing other items on this blog with the historical case that one can make for gun confiscation and the cause and effect. I haven't discussed Nazi Germany and the Holocaust because that's the most graphic case. However if you're the one being hung or shot — in a smaller place such as Havana, Wounded Knee or Lexington, Massachusetts, the impact on you, the person would have been the same.

  5. Che in particular would seem to be the darling of the progressives based on his place on t-shirts. Thus as a progressive, he stood for what they would like to see happen here.

  6. And may we once again feel free and welcome in Cuban waters with our pleasure craft. It's a wonderful place without the dictatorship.

  7. Progressives feel no revulsion these days and because they don't read history, they don't know that they, themselves, become the instruments of their own demise. Fidel felt free to slaughter an unarmed people. An armed public is not as easy to brow beat, hang and execute. A toothless Rottweiler or a paper tiger is easy to cage.

    And for this reason, we've seen the run on ammunition and firearms from every outlet in America.

  8. Che, who appeared unable to find his ass with both hands, was a Hero of the Revolution. Don't say much for the revolution, do it?

  9. Che was eliminated at about the same time as he proved to be an embarrassment. The only thing that keeps his memory alive is the t-shirts with the Che graphic on them.

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