Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Fidel Castro's "common sense" gun control pitch

I've had this as a draft since last September, somehow I overlooked posting it. Oh well, fits better now anyway.

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.

From Castro's address of January 9, 1959:
 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 say it's for the greater good.

Within days of Castro's promises of civility, a wave of executions was underway. All at the urging of the people, of course.


  1. "It can't happen here....."

    Frank Zappa

    1. "Anyone who tells you that 'It Can't Happen Here' iswhistling past the graveyard of history. There is no 'house rule' that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos." -- Mike Vanderboegh

  2. Yep! Makes PERFECT "common sense" . . . if you're one of the ruling elite. And we have Castro's own "worker's paradise" as a perfect example of everything that can go wrong with gun registration -> confiscation -> extermination.

    B Woodman

  3. Read Bill Ayers' Prairie Fire and see how close we are.

  4. There is only a gun registry in Cuba. There isn't any gun control.

    1. Dig a little deeper. At the very least, registry has tended to bring a knock on the door, and a "suggestion" you turn the gun over.


  5. Castro,for a moment looked like the Messiah and people were willing to follow his lead and apparent authority.The USA is different in that Obama is No Messiah and his Authority is very Questionable! Obama has refused to answer simple,basic questions about his identity and his past and this is not to point out his blatant hypocrisy on his coddling of Banksters and War Mongers! Early on Castro taking on the corruption of the Baptista govt and winning made him seem like a god and this hyped his charisma and won people over but Obama is No Hero and despite his early electioneering promises Obama has aligned himself tightly with the Banksters and War Mongers! The momentary hero Castro said "hand over your guns" to a receptive,cheering and mostly unaware audience - Obama has no such glory or authority to parade on and only the most heavily brainwashed are unaware of Obama's complete deceit and corruption! Hand over your guns to the likes of Obama? How crazy are you?

  6. "Obama is No Messiah and his Authority is very Questionable"

    Tell that to his legion of Obots, who literally believe they are waging a glorious revolution, instead of just being willing pawns for an increasingly oppressive and aggressive government. He has as large of a cult of personality surrounding him as any would be dictator in history. There are people who would gladly see him crowned king for life, and would gladly allow him to usurp the limits of power placed on his office. The left loves their petty tyrants.