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A Warning From a Cuban Immigrant About Gun Registration and Confiscation

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A rebel guard stands beside the desk of former dictator Fulgencio Batista inside the Presidential Palace in Havana, Jan. 4, 1959 after Revolutionary forces took over the building. (AP Photo)

Reader Leo R. writes . . .

While I was born in the United States, my father was a political refugee from Cuba. He told me a story about my grandfather and his guns that will stay with me forever.

He said to me . . .

Son, I see things are playing out here in America just as they did back in Cuba when I was a child. Did you know your grandfather had a .44 magnum revolver? Your grandfather had lots of firearms including a western-style lever action rifle, a .38 revolver and a few shotguns.

One time, he sat me down and said, “Hijo, you know all the guns that I have…the ones that I promised would be yours some day? I’m going to have to give them up. I can’t keep that promise to you, I’m sorry.”

My father, who was eight years old at the time, replied, “But you promised. Why would you do that?”

My grandfather said, “Hijo, please understand that it’s no longer safe for me to keep them. If I don’t give them up, they will come for them. Then they will arrest me and you will lose your father and the guns.

“If I surrender them now, we can plan to leave for America. My guns are useless. They have banned all the ammunition. I don’t even have bullets for most of these guns.

“Listen to me. We can start all over in America.”

I didn’t question him. I was sad and upset, but I understood.

My grandfather did as he said. He surrendered all of his firearms to the communist police. Shortly thereafter, the family fled Cuba for America.

My father told me he sees the same thing that happened to him as a child in Cuba happening here now. He sees ammunition gone from store shelves. Then, he says, after they get us to register our guns, they will force us to turn them in. And when they do that, this country will fall to socialism.

Raul Castro, left, younger brother to Cuban leader Fidel Castro, has his arm around second-in-command, Ernesto “Che” Guevara, Argentine national, in their Sierra de Cristal mountain stronghold south of Havana, Cuba, during the Cuban revolution in June 26, 1958. (AP Photo/Andrew St. George)

He told me it breaks his heart to see this nation, the last bastion of freedom, the lighthouse of liberty to the world, slipping toward socialism. As he told me the story about my grandfather, I hung on each of my father’s words as if I was eight years old, rather than just a few days shy of my 49th birthday. And i realized that he is right.

We must never register our firearms. We must never surrender our guns. Americans must rise up and protect our Constitution, protect our liberty and our freedoms for the generations to come.

I took an oath in the US Navy Reserve to protect and defend the Constitution from enemies foreign and domestic. That oath did not come with an expiration date.

God bless the United States of America, the Constitution and the President. Thank you George Washington, James Madison and all the proud men and women who have sacrificed everything to give us our freedom and independence.

comments

  1. avatar Dennis Sumner says:

    Wasting your breath! You’ll either be blocked by “social” media, or all the delusional morons will think you’re a conspiracy theorist!

  2. avatar I Haz A Question says:

    None of mine are registered. Enough to fill two gun safes. Not in any mood to declare anything to TPTB that they don’t need to know about.

    1. avatar Sal Gen says:

      I wouldn’t register any of them what they don’t have means they don’t any of the following;
      – DOB – PHONE # TO TRACE CALLS
      – SSN – LEGAL STATE YOUR BORN IN
      – LEGAL MAILING ADDRESS – IF THEY CAN INFO ONE JUST ONE THEY WILL RESEARCH
      – DRIVERS LICENSE # AND RESEARCH YOU UNTIL THEY FIND THE SOMETHING
      – YOUR TRAVELING HISTORY
      – JUST A FEW THINGS I CAN COME UP WITH DO YOU WANT TO LOOSE YOUR PRIVACY

  3. avatar bob says:

    Americans are different than Cubans. Contrary to how Hollywood makes it look, we don’t just give up and turn things in. Cautiously picking our battles lately has given far too many people the idea that we’re a pushover if pushed hard enough.
    Problem is, they haven’t pushed hard enough to find out.

    Ask BLM what happens when you march through Pennsylvania bringing your dumb attitude that you can tramp on anyone you like in the name of socialism.
    We’ll do it again too.

  4. avatar Jimmy Beam says:

    The old guy had somewhere to flee to. We don’t.

    1. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

      Yep. Something everyone seems to forget. Flee to Canada? Why? You have to store your pistol at your local police department. Go get it on your way to the range.
      Even those Hollywood leftist never moved there after Trump won. (They swore they would.) No one moves there. I nice place to visit…….

  5. avatar Kathleen says:

    I saw a meme that made me laugh – “I had 8 unregistered guns and surrendered 7. How many guns do I have left?” presented as a math problem – “38, I found 37 missing registrations on Dec. 4th.”
    I have know guns 🙂

  6. avatar Debbie W. says:

    Anyone gun confiscating sick bassturd is no different than a murderer, thief, the KKK, nazi, rapist, pervert, kidnapper, tyrant, child molester, bully and will be dealt with accordingly.
    These pompous democRat Party socialist marxist scumbag gun control zealots think they can order you to surrender America to them have a lesson to learn.
    C’mon jake tapper et al…Try it. Someone will put an apple on top of that stupid flat head of yours and use it for target practice.

    1. avatar Wumingren says:

      They will aim low — oops!

  7. avatar Darkman says:

    “We the People” don’t need a warning for the evil of Tyranny stands at Our doorstep. In a mere 48 days that Evil will enter into the domain of Our nation and take control of that which holds the power to destroy all that has been held dear by Freedom loving citizens. While many will spend these days gnashing there teeth and screaming at the Interweb. Who among them will be available to join the fight when Tyranny rises up to destroy the Freedoms that so many gave so much that “We the People” have lived in the Freest Nation the world has ever witnessed. When a citizenry fears the consequences of fighting for their Freedom…More than they fear the loss of those Freedoms..They have become subjects and allowed Tyranny to prevail.

    1. avatar Edgar says:

      Well said

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      That’s right, 48 shopping days till evil exits the White House!

      While there will be plenty of indictments for Donald Trump and the kids, I’m interested to ascertain if Melania receives her fair share.

      Melania lied on her “Einstein” visa about her non-existent college education when she was acually a drop out, she worked in the US without a work permit, she and Trump both lied again on her citizenship application about her fictitious college education in the field of architecture.

      1. avatar Jon in CO says:

        Yeap, and then became the First Lady of the USA. Weird how well things work out for people willing to do whatever it takes to make it.

      2. avatar Gnur Syzlmnski says:

        Bill Clinton had to outsource what Hillary wouldn’t do, multiple times

        1. avatar Mainer_ExCop says:

          Lol

        2. avatar Mainer_ExCop says:

          Lol, exactly right

      3. avatar Ing says:

        What happened to you “liberals” telling us that immigrants are better Americans than anyone who was born here and that borders don’t matter and the more undocumented the immigrant is, the better?

        Or does that not apply if they turn out to be nasty Republicans?

      4. avatar Joseph says:

        Does mommy know you are using the computer again?

  8. avatar jwm says:

    At this point if Trump where to use the military to stay in the white house and declare himself president for life I feel it would do less damage to our freedom than joe biden becoming president.

    How sad is that?

    1. avatar JP Ruiz says:

      Not at all sad. Biden’s Corpse and his CCP Bankrolled Communist China Loving Prostitute, Kamala Harris are just puppets for Communist Chinese Dictator, Xi Jing Ping.

      1. avatar Southern Cross says:

        Does Kameltoe know being serviced by Xi is not an act of pleasure for him but instead an act of asserting dominance.

    2. avatar GS650G says:

      That beats Obama’s third term we are facing.

    3. avatar Miner49er says:

      You guys are always good for a laugh, thanks!

      1. avatar Ralph Humphrey says:

        Yeah Miner… But they ain’t got nothing over all your B.S. you consistently spread around!

        1. avatar Miner49er says:

          Plandemic hoax update:

          Dateline El Paso
          Offsite facility with 13 mobile morgue refrigerated trailers for initial body collection established by city.

          Transferred to funeral homes, largest funeral home biz in El Paso, sunset, staff working 14 hours/day, seven days a week. They’ve installed two new walk-in freezers and acquired 4 more hearses to meet the demand.

          People are just dying to get in there.

          There are those who say the real death toll from COVID-19 is only about 10k, they say this is a fake pandemic.

          But the people who are getting sick and dying, say it’s the best imitation they’ve seen.

        2. avatar Victoria Illinois says:

          El Paso? I doubt it’s Covid that’s bringing up the death count. Motorcycle accidents and cancer are counted as Covid by our governor. (He said it in a news conference months ago.)
          Not to mention the drug Cartel’s ‘accidental’ deaths.

        3. avatar Miner49er says:

          Yes, of course you are right, Covid is one big hoax.

          You won’t believe the truth until the John Deere is pushing the dirt on top of your box.

  9. avatar KBCraig says:

    The timeline is a bit suspect. The .44 Magnum was first commercially available in early 1956, and the Cuban revolution was in full swing well before that. When Castro took power in 1958, he imposed gun registration very early on.

    It’s not impossible, just… unlikely that Grandfather had a .44 Magnum revolver in Cuba.

    1. avatar GS650G says:

      Might have confused it with .44 special .

      1. avatar Art out West says:

        Or a .45 Colt revolver

  10. avatar A says:

    I’ve said this a thousand times: foreigners, especially those from socialist counties make the best americans. They also tend to be the smartest, have the best work ethic and the most common sense. We have become soft. The same thing happened to Rome and it will happen to us as well. It’s the circle of life.

  11. avatar GS650G says:

    Cuba is an island, a relatively small one compared to the US. Florida is bigger. Disarming this country with higher ownership rates and more land area will be a challenge, especially because we see them coming. The xubans thought Castro a liberator of sorts until he proved he wasnt, like a week after Batista was removed.

    First they will stop sales of everything forcing gun owners underground. Then will come laws banning guns outside the home or business. Finally they will outlaw even possession and ask for them to be turned in. Finally they will look to destroy the lives of anyone found to have guns when turned in by other people.

    At some point they will have to go into the ghettos and rural areas and take guns by force. That’s going to be an unpopular job with poor retirement benefits.

    Unless we convince them to let it go and enjoy the status quo. Good luck with that.

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      There are more than enough wannabe “heroes of the revolution” in ANTIFA and BLM to do the dirty work in the harder areas. Where possible they will co-opt the local criminals with promises of rape, loot, and plunder, before turning on them too once they have outlived their usefulness.

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        Yeah, those are ones who will be fun to deal with. A 17 year old kid showed how to do it.

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      Wow, this stuff is priceless!

      A plot worthy of Robert Ludlum, Geo-political conspiracies, with a hoax pandemic overlay, genius!

      It’s like the Symbionese liberation Army meets Flesh Gordon, crazy…

      1. avatar GS650G says:

        Switch brands of paint to huff, the gold is making you a little more Looney tonight

        1. avatar Miner49er says:

          “Where possible they will co-opt the local criminals with promises of rape, loot, and plunder“

          How will they do that, community meetings, flyers, Facebook, church prayer meetings?

          Deliverance meets American Pickers at Pawn Stars? I mean, you gotta fence the loot…

          And what part will Hillary and Hunter Biden play in this effort, certainly they have a central role in the campaign of terror. You know, readers really enjoy a reoccurring character, it leads continuity to the narrative.

        2. avatar Ad Astra says:

          Late 1920s early 1930s the SA in Germany is a possi blue print. But minor69 is not one for historical literacy.

  12. avatar former water walker says:

    We AIN’T Cuba…See:1776.

  13. avatar tlc says:

    I cannot abide the thought of gun registration. Historically, it’s the first step to gun confiscation. Which is always one of the first actions of a dictator.

    In an interesting sidenote, Pennsylvania has gone from what amounted to gun registration to nonregistration when it comes to carry permits. When my father first applied for a carry permit in the early 1970s, he was required to list the handgun he would be carrying and he was only allowed one–Which he protested loudly and vigorously. When he last renewed his permit two years ago (five months before I lost him to complications of pneumonia) it covered any and all handguns he owned–AND NONE WERE LISTED ON THE PERMIT. As I understand it, it also covered any handguns he might borrow as well. Basicly any handgun he had in his possession. Now that’s a big improvement.

  14. avatar Ralph says:

    Use ’em or lose ’em.

  15. avatar Vincent says:

    First thing. Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large numbers. See recent election and the 4 years of hate from the media and left wing preceding it. Never underestimate the power of a controlled media. Outside of local news from local stations, when has the so called news media actually just told the facts and didn’t tell the sheeple what to think?
    Lastly. Never underestimate the power and politics of money. Enough money spent on advertising and buying social media time and tweets/posts can convince any number of poorly educated or uninformed people of anything. Twitter, facebook etc. have been nothing but the socialist propaganda machine for several years now. As have the major media outlets.

  16. avatar Henry says:

    This is all fear mongering. Same things were said when Obama took office. The gun mfgs love this type of propaganda, they’re making a killing.

    1. avatar Ross says:

      I fear that this time if the senate is lost it going to be vastly different.

    2. avatar Ron says:

      Obama was blocked by a Republican Congress. The two short years before that, happened gun control just wasn’t as hot as a topic.

    3. avatar Ad Astra says:

      You mean the administration that deliberately let drug cartels buy and smuggle guns out of the country in an effort to set up a narrative to push more domestic gun control even though they knew it wouldd get who knows how many innocent people killed.

      1. avatar Miner49er says:

        Unfortunately, the gun running to Mexico managed only a few thousand dollars of small arms, not a very good showing for the ‘Democrat conspiracy’ you speak of.

        Compare that to Republican Ronald Reagan and his hundreds of millions of dollars to the Muslim fundamentalist terrorists in Iran under the ayatollah Khomeini, now there’s some weaponry that caused major misery and suffering!

        “The Iran–Contra affair (Persian: ماجرای ایران-کنترا‎, Spanish: Caso Irán–Contra), popularized in Iran as the McFarlane affair,[1] the Iran–Contra scandal, or simply Iran–Contra, was a political scandal in the United States that occurred during the second term of the Reagan Administration. Senior administration officials secretly facilitated the sale of arms to the Khomeini government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, which was the subject of an arms embargo.[2] The administration hoped to use the proceeds of the arms sale to fund the Contras in Nicaragua. Under the Boland Amendment, further funding of the Contras by the government had been prohibited by Congress.”

        Muslim terrorist across the world have benefited from the hundreds of millions of dollars of weapons provided by the Republicans at the direction of Ronald Reagan, the jihadis thank you for your aid and comfort to the cause of international terrorism.

      2. avatar Miner49er says:

        Here’s a partial list of the weapons that Ronald Reagan sold to the Iranians, shipped through Israel, our wonderful ally helped to arm the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists under the Ayatollah Khomeini, so much for ‘patriotic’ Americans.

        “The following arms were supplied to Iran:[31][32]

        First arms sales in 1981 (see above)
        20 August 1985 – 86 TOW anti-tank missiles
        14 September 1985 – 408 more TOWs
        24 November 1985 – 18 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles
        17 February 1986 – 500 TOWs
        27 February 1986 – 500 TOWs
        24 May 1986 – 508 TOWs, 240 Hawk spare parts
        4 August 1986 – More Hawk spares
        28 October 1986 – 500 TOWs
        First arms sale
        The first arms sales to Iran began in 1981, though the official paper trail has them beginning in 1985 (see above). On 20 August 1985, Israel sent 96 American-made TOW missiles to Iran through an arms dealer Manucher Ghorbanifar.[33] Subsequently, on 14 September 1985, 408 more TOW missiles were delivered. On 15 September 1985, following the second delivery, Reverend Benjamin Weir was released by his captors, the Islamic Jihad Organization.[34] On 24 November 1985, 18 Hawk anti-aircraft missiles were delivered.“

        And you would really compare a few thousand dollars in small arms by rogue ATF agents, to millions of dollars of high-tech weaponry sold by the Republican President, including over 2000 TOW missiles, to a wonderful social club known as the ‘Islamic Jihad Organization‘.

        Now I believe some of you people might be part of ISIS or another jihadi movement, spreading disinformation and deception.

        Or it might be you’re just too young to remember these events, you were still leaving skidmarks in your diapers when most of this happened.

      3. avatar Miner49er says:

        Wow, this thread sure went quiet once I posted some actual facts.

        Just think, Republican President Reagan supplied almost 2500 TOW rockets to the fundamentalist Muslim terrorists in Iran, you boys ever seen what a TOW will do to a vehicle or building?

        Haji sez “Thanks Ronnie!”

        And y’all wanna whine about some rogue ATF agents’ harebrained scheme to salt the border with a couple dozen small arms.

        Choke on a gnat, swallow an elephant, all for the party, right?

  17. avatar Alan says:

    Our”congress critters”, in reasonably polite jargon, took the same oath of office. Sad to note, to many of them have short memories.

    1. avatar Baldwin says:

      Nope…they remember. They were lying.

  18. avatar JB says:

    We dont flee. We dont surrender. We do what the Colonists did. Band together and resist tyranny. When we are shot at. We respond. When we are orderered to surrender our property, we refuse. Freedom is not free. If Biden steals the election, there will will be little time to make your plans to resist his orders. Its not just Guns. Biden will fundamentally change America forever. His partnerships with China are leveraged to use the PLA as his strong arm should the US military refuse to raid our homes.
    Listen to the Cubans. They know what a communist takeover looks like. Many old Cubans say the US is 75% to a communist revolution. I know several who fought the communists in the Cuban mountains. They are old old men today. But they didnt forget

    This election and the fraud that most certainly has ocurred has pushed the likleyhood of a communist insurgency ahead by a decade. If Trump enacts Marshall Law and a military supervised election as some are asking for the communusts will not play nice. Multiply the events in Portland by 5000 and more thats what America will look like.

    But if Trumps efforts fail and the Biden communists sieze power they will come for our guns, our private property, and our savings and investments. How else can they pay for the the dregs of the earth who come thru open borders for free education and healthcare and housing and more. They will close the Churches and open more Mosques. And thats in the first year.

    If we value freedom and take ownership in this dear Republic then this generation must not be the ones who surrendered to communism and gave away our childrens future in a free America

    1. avatar Ing says:

      I don’t think there’s going to be an instant avalanche of glorious communist diktats. An accelerated timeline of institutional rot, cultural poison, and economic weakness is what we’re really in for.

      Although yes, if they have the votes, they absolutely will do their best to fulfill Dianne Feinstein’s “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn them all in” fantasy. Mr. and Mrs. America will not comply…and then everybody’s in a bit of a pickle. It’s hard to say what happens after that.

    2. avatar Miner49er says:

      “If Trump enacts Marshall Law and a military supervised election as some are asking for the communusts will not play nice.”

      Who is this “Marshall Law” you speak of, is he related to Marshall Dillon?

      OK, y’all go ahead and try to suspend the constitution and take over America, you’ll get what you get.

      1. avatar Ad Astra says:

        Oohh you’ll finally get to live out your Sgt. York and minor fan fic.

  19. avatar KenW says:

    A similar story to my grandfathers. Except they did not take guns from all. At first just the Jews. I have heard what would they have done if they had been allowed to keep their arms, millions of the red army perished before the Nazi’s were stopped. But at least they could have gone down fighting if they chose too , not as sheep. His stories were sometimes scary like telling us when he was in the resistance he had to kill several Nazi soldiers who were around my age ( I was 13 at the time ) . He said the boys were crying but knew what was about to happen. They did not take prisoners.

  20. avatar RV6Driver says:

    The most heavily armed country in history and they’re gonna make masks mandatory…..
    Let’s see how registration day goes. That’s if, they can even get the registration website up and running.

    The wheels are falling off the cart of this cartoon political system and pretty soon the average joe is gonna start doing whatever they want regardless of the latest “scare tactic…..”

  21. avatar Gene Ralno says:

    The U.S.is home to about 400 million privately owned firearms. Owners need not answer any questions as is their right under the 5th Amendment. Owners absolutely should never speak of their arms to anyone not known to them and rarely to close friends and relatives only. Arms should be stored in several very secret places far from home.

    If someone unknown to you knocks on your door, demand a warrant. Keep the cameras running at least during such visits. I could go on but you’ve heard it before. Democrats have crossed the Rubicon and the pressure to pillage the nation began with the colossal counting fraud that occurred in states using Dominion machines. Time to toughen your ability to resist.

  22. avatar JRB says:

    Thanks for the story. Keep telling. Don’t ever stop.

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