Gun Confiscation: It Could Never Happen Here, Right? Wrong.
I met Antonio, a Cuban native turned U.S. citizen, at one of our recent Grassroots Leadership Schools. During one of the breaks I presented our Constitutional Carry petition to the students, and afterwards Antonio shared his personal story with me.
Inspired, I asked Antonio if I could, in turn, share his story with you, and he graciously agreed:
It was 1958 and I was living in Cuba with my family, my father owned a construction firm that did commercial and government work, including highway construction for the Batista government.
A number of the adults in my family owned firearms and my father regularly carried a gun for protection, especially during trips to check on construction projects throughout Cuba. Most of the time, he carried a Colt Detective Special in .38 caliber. On occasion, he would also bring guns home that he was giving away as gifts, anything from a gold and silver plated .32 Star, to a double barrel derringer, to a .357 magnum.
On January 1, 1959, Batista, after being president, on and off since 1933, unexpectedly left the country with his family and Castro’s rebel army entered Havana. What followed was anarchism; I watched ransacking of government buildings and destruction of public property on TV, and the looting of our neighbors’ homes. From our kitchen window I could see the smoke rising from the houses being set on fire and people walking past our house carrying furniture, TV sets, radios and other belongings from the homes of those government officials that had left the country. Occasionally gun shots would be heard and we would be told to get away from the windows and lie down on the floor.
Within a few days, the looting transferred from the mobs to the new government, as bank accounts were frozen, squads were organized to find “war criminals” to bring to justice, and guns were confiscated using the gun registration lists that had been compiled during the Batista dictatorship.
My father was fortunate, because one of his ex-chauffeurs, who had joined Castro’s army, came to the house when the gun confiscations started and warned my father to get rid of his gun before the military came looking for them. Within days, a military jeep with a couple of armed, uniformed military came to the house looking for my father and his gun. They searched the house, while we were held in the kitchen, but not finding anything in the house or backyard, they left. It turns out the gun was actually buried in the front yard.
There is only one reason to have gun registration, and that is so the government can locate the guns when they want to confiscate them. Remember that no matter how noble the motives of those in power today, the leaders of tomorrow may have very different views.
Castro and his rebels never registered their guns.
But that was Cuba, you say? This could never happen in America, you protest?
Sadly, similar tragedies have already happened in America. Following Hurricane Katrina there were numerous reports of guns being confiscated from law abiding citizens; citizens who simply wanted to defend their home from looters and vandals during the chaos that followed the storm.
Current Georgia law:
- Gives the Governor the power to "suspend or limit the sale, dispensing, or transportation of… firearms" during a declared state of emergency;
- Restricts where law abiding citizens are allowed to carry protection, thereby creating "government sponsored crime zones"; and
- Treats law abiding citizens like criminals by requiring them to be cataloged and finger printed in order to exercise their God-given Rights.
The list goes on and on, but nowhere in the Georgia Constitution are these powers given to the State or the Governor by We the People!
Help us in the fight to restore and defend YOUR God given Right to Bear Arms in Georgia.