Cuba sits just 90 miles off the coast of Florida. The island nation has a long history of slavery, political upheaval, internecine bloodshed, foreign intervention and corruption. While neither the Constitution of 1901 or 1940 mentioned or protected Cubans’ right to keep and bear arms, they could apply for — and receive — a government permit to own a firearm. Once they had their paper they could purchase any firearm they desired — up to and including machine guns.

That “right” disappeared in 1959, when Fidel Castro took control of Cuba. He disarmed and destroyed any and all opposition, implementing a brutal communist dictatorship that eliminated basic human rights and plunged Cuba into economic chaos.

I was the first member of my Cuban-American family born on U.S. soil. But I wasn’t the first to own guns. My refugee relatives understood full well the connection between firearms ownership and all other freedoms. Uncle Mario taught me that owning arms marks you as a free citizen, not a subject or peasant.

The vast majority of legal immigrants into the U.S. make the same connection, and follow the same path.

I’ve known Cubans, Dominicans, Argentinians, Chinese and Venezuelans that made a pilgrimage to Lou’s Gun Shop in Hialeah, Trail Glades Range off Tamiami Trail, Henry’s Range in Homestead or the Miami Gun Show to buy their first firearm. They proudly show their Green Card, proof of residency, and fill out their 4473 form with a smile.

Don’t let gun control advocates’ propaganda fool you; across the globe people envy our freedom. They don’t see our Second Amendment protected right to keep and bear arms as some weird social sickness. They know why we have it. They know what governments do to the people.

We should never forget that purchasing a firearm is an important part of the American Dream. Gun Ownership is the one few tangible acts that we can do when exercising our Constitutional Rights. When you hold that firearm in your hand, you’re holding a literal, physical representation of freedom.

In modern Cuba, firearms are regulated by the National Revolutionary Police, the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. The private sale and transfer of firearms is prohibited. And Cubans continue to flee for the U.S. Surprised?

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34 Responses to Firearms Freedom Si, Cuba No!

  1. My wife is a Cuban political refugee from the 1960’s and if you hear the stories about how gun-toting, bearded men, wearing olive green uniforms came into her home confiscating everything (after confiscating the guns, even quail hunting shotguns) it is mind-boggling how any Cuban (or Jewish, for that matter) American ever votes Democrat.

      • Cubans vote pretty firmly Republican with maybe exception given to the younger generation that is American born

        • What does that tell you?

          The regress to the norm so we should take less of them.

          America for Americans, not the world. If the value freedom so much, let them fight for it in their nations.

        • Yes, I always wondered why a few thousand Cuban gentlemen upset with the reign of Fidel Castro didn’t have him removed. Castro didn’t seem all that well protected in a lot of the public appearance videos that reached the U.S.

        • “regress to the norm” you are trying to justify anti immigration by claiming they are voting democrat because they are children of immigrants, the domestic born vote democrat because they are young… like the majority of all poor 20 something year olds…
          You really would be surprised by how hardline conservative the Cubans that came from Cuba are

    • I think Cuban Americans born after 1990 have a totally different mindset than those before. Much more drenched in liberal indoctrination than their parents/older relatives were.

  2. The Miami Gun Show was the first I ever went to with my father. I was amazed with everything there for sale. I’ll always remember it. Even though my family has been in the US since the early 1700’s it was still a cool experience.

  3. Dear Luis, Every word you said correspond to shining truth. I was born here in the US (Texas) but I grew up entirely in Italy. I only ‘came back’ a few years ago (I didn’t like Italy anymore as wife and I thought it was going down and it is). Immediately upon arrival here I purchased my firearms. I now have an entire collection of about 30 pieces. I value immensely my freedom and I know with certainty that it is a rare thing in the rest of the world – every country intended. The US of A is the only experiment in the history of human kind that has allowed for specific freedoms. I won’t let this slip so easily. Yours, Filippo (Phil)

  4. Without the second amendment constitution is worth less than the paper its printed on, especially to today’s politicians and judges. There’s a reason speech came first followed immediately by guns, you can’t have a revolution without ideas and you can’t act on your ideas without tools, they are mutually dependent

    The antis will be in for a surprise if they succeed in suppressing or eliminating the second amendment. They will quickly find the first will follow the fate of the second, and immediately by fourth and sixth. And there you have it, instant totalitarian state just add water.

    Stayed armed and stay vigilant

    • The people who desire disarmament and collectivism in the U.S. believe they’ll be the ones to hold power over the rest of us plebeians. They never anticipate the inevitable ending where two legs suddenly become better than four.

      The Antis are well aware of the Totalitarian state they’re pushing for, and they yearn for it; the only surprise for them will be when they wind up under the jackboot along with everyone else.

    • They wouldn’t be surprised. A totalitarian state is what they want.

      Who controls it and how those people treat the “useful idiots” is what would surprise them. The shock as they look into the pit full of the corpses of those they didn’t like and the realization that in mere moments they’ll be meeting the same fate would be the surprise.

      • The people who vote democrat and the snowflakes will be surprised if the politicians succeed. The normal democrats will be surprised when they don’t get their social programs and equality and the ruling class becomes the very people they wanted to get rid of. The snowflakes especially will be surprised when their freedom of speech and protest is violently revoked and they are rounded up to be taken to facilities to fix their mental condition

  5. In my travels I have noted that the degree to which people cast a covetous eye on our rights varies a lot and seems to vary in direct proportion to their physical proximity to a totalitarian state.

    For example Eastern Europeans and many Africans seem to be much more inclined to support the notion of an armed citizen than your average, run of the mill Aussie or Kiwi.

    That’s not to say that there are not strong supporters of the right to have arms in NZ or Auz, just that the average citizen isn’t as concerned with it as compared to your average Ukrainian or Botswanian.

  6. The vast majority of legal immigrants into the U.S. make the same connection, and follow the same path.

    Maybe so.
    But we’ve seen illegal aliens overwhelmingly support the likes of Hillary.
    Just one more reason to never allow anybody tell you that immigrants and illegals are equal.

    • Illegals make Legals look bad. Just like how members of the Westboro Baptist Church make all Baptists look bad.

      As the son of legal immigrants, I can’t stand illegals.

      • I can’t stand it when people call illegals “immigrants”.
        I notice you didn’t call them that.

        To me, calling an illegal alien “immigrant” is like calling a home invader “housemate”.
        Anybody insulting my intelligence by talking like that to my face gets an unpleasant earful in return.

        One of my best friends is a teacher. He hates teachers who molest children with a burning passion, and takes their very existence as a personal affront. I assume that’s how you feel about illegals, and especially about the activists who equate your family to illegals. I think Columba Bush should cut her husband’s nuts off for doing it to her in public speeches.

      • So you have secured your right to stay in the country by feat of being born to legal immigrant family. GREAT JOB! Some of us weren’t so lucky. Being born to wrong family in wrong country sucks.

    • Most legal immigrants have some undocumented friends of family members. Is it surprising that they vote for those who offer them chance of legalization?
      I for one hate everything Hillary stands for with passion. But she did not threaten to imprison my friends and kick them out of the country.
      Republicans and D. Trump especially make it really hard for immigrants to vote for them by promising deportations and by blocking any path to legalization.

  7. “The totalitarian states can do great things, but there is one thing they cannot do, they cannot give the factory worker a rifle and tell him to take it home and keep it in his bedroom. That rifle hanging on the wall of the working-class flat or labourer’s cottage is the symbol of democracy. It is our job to see it stays there.”
    -George Orwell

  8. Whenever I see some young idiot wearing a Che Guevara shirt, I want to smack the crap out of him. So do my friends in Miami.

  9. I’ve found that the people who speak so favorably of communism and governments like Cuba’s have absolutely no experience with them. I’ve spoken with Iraqis who, while understandably pissed at what happened to their country, detested life under Saddam Hussein. At my wife’s swearing-in ceremony for her citizenship, I met a family of Vietnamese who were thrilled to leave their old government behind (saw the cutest thing in the world…the grandma of the group–had to be late sixties or early seventies–doing her level best to recite her oath in English. Couldn’t do it, but her daughter was whispering the translation in her ear. Grandma wouldn’t have any of it, but said it as best she could. Got the “so help me God” part out, though!) Ever hear of Maria Conchita Alonso? (“The Running Man,” “Predator 2,” and others.) Raised in Venezuela and she knows what goes on there and how bad it is; idiots like Sean Penn and Danny Glover insult her for criticizing the conditions she grew up in, and they’ve never lived through socialist repression. What the hell?

    Liberals always call conservatives insular and lacking in worldly knowledge, but I’m calling bullshit on that. I’ve been to Germany and the Philippines and spoken to as many people as I could, and in my travels across the US, I’ve met Kenyans (none of ’em elected to office, though), Brazilians, Syrians, Chinese, and others, and heard the stories they’ve chosen to share. Liberals read about things in books written by people with agendas to spread and call themselves “worldly.”

    No, liberals, you’re not. You’re sheltered. Worse, you’re sheltered in a world custom-made to shield you from reality so your feelings don’t get hurt. You accumulate cherry-picked facts to bolster the walls of your safe haven and scream “bigot” and “islamophobe” at any big bad wolf that threatens to blow down your flimsy facade and expose you to the real world.

    People like these should refrain from trying to change the world until they’ve learned how it works and understand the forces at play here.

  10. “We should never forget that purchasing a firearm is an important part of the American Dream.”

    Uuuu! Love that. Immigrants often believe in the American dream much more than native born Americans . . . and I do not mean that in a all together good way. They are attracted to our stability and wealth. With almost childlike naivete they believe that hard work alone built and keeps American strong. I state this respectfully as a native born U.S. veteran who is married to an immigrant and knows history.

    Nations (especially this one) are built and maintained by men willing to do God-awful acts that the majority of the populace finds repulsive. Most Americans want to forget and they do not want to be reminded. The movie “The Good Shepherd” gets alot wrong but it captures this “spirit” perfectly.

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