As anti-Communist Cubans take to the streets, it is important to realize the role gun control plays in tyrannical regimes.
Communist Cuba is no exception.
As Jose Nino writes in Gun Powder Magazine, gun control was established before the Castro family took power:
“One point that is generally overlooked about Cuba’s recent history is its experience with gun control. Curiously, gun control was established by Fidel Castro’s predecessor, Fulgencio Batista (1952-1959), who set up local firearm registration lists. Once the Cuban rebels toppled the Batista government, and the Communists became the dominant governing faction, Castro and company made sure to flex their totalitarian muscles.
During a speech at the Maestre Barracks of San Ambrosio, Castro vociferously inquired:
“Guns, for what? To fight against whom? Against the Revolutionary government that has the support of the people?”
After Castro’s speech, gun confiscation gradually went into effect. The Castro government started by picking off rival revolutionary groups, who were originally revolting against the Batista government, but were not directly aligned with the Cuban Communist Party. But like all power grabs, the Castro government broadened the scope of what individuals constituted “rival revolutionaries” as a justification to disarm a broad swath of the population.
At the present, Cuba has very stringent firearms regulations. Government bodies like the National Revolutionary Police, the Ministry of the Interior, and the Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces are tasked with restricting civilian access to firearms.”
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It is virtually impossible to enslave an armed population. Americans pushing gun control should look at Cuba as proof.