Wash Times: Cuba could be liberated by firearms

Below is an excerpt:

Despite the Cuban embargo being lifted in December 2014, the island nation is still ravaged by collectivist policies like gun control.

Could the presence of privately-owned firearms held by citizens help pivot Cuba towards the path to freedom? It’s very plausible.

Ever since the Castro regime violently and ruthlessly rose to power in 1959, the presence of firearms has been nonexistent. Since installing a military dictatorship, the Castro brothers have made private gun ownership impossible, subject to regulation, and punishable by law. Cubans have thus been rendered defenseless — a factor convincing many Cubans to flee the communist nation for freedom elsewhere.

Cuba’s government has deliberately created an environment where a Second Amendment can’t thrive. It has complete pull over all industries in the country, including the firearms industry. It assigns responsibilities to loyalists in Committees for the Defense of the Revolution (CDR) — thuggish neighborhood watch programs slipping into obsolescence — to enforce laws to discourage dissent, instill fear in neighbors who fail to goose-step with the regime, and provide so-called security for those who pledge to a CDR. Moreover, the government exploits disarmament policies to instill fear in people.

Despite the terror seen under the Castro regime, some Cubans have accepted the military dictatorship in place. If Cuba were to become capitalist like the United States, some suggest, changes in gun laws could be possible and therefore lead to violence.

Continue reading at Washington Times.

Resurgent Article: Emboldening Castros With Crony Capitalism Won’t Make Cuba Free

Below is an excerpt:

Although the Cuban Embargo has been lifted, those engulfed by the Tropical Mirage still don’t enjoy full-fledged freedom.

On Sunday, President Obama landed in the island nation to “repair” U.S.-Cuban relations. Unsurprisingly, the media are celebrating the occasion with their usual romanticization of communist countries as they did with the 2012 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia.

Obama’s visit is not only historic, it’s quite predictable. Given his past association with radical Marxist figures, a visit to Cuba should make him feel at home.

Continue reading at The Resurgent.

WOS Article: Rape Survivor Schools Obama During CNN Town Hall

ICYMI: Rape survivor and gun advocate Kimberly Corban asked this president a tough question, which is dodged. Below is an excerpt from the article I wrote:

 

At CNN’s “Guns In America” meeting in Fairfax, Virginia, pro-gun advocate and rape survivor Kimberly Corban asked President Obama a tough question about gun control.

Kimberly Corban, 29, is a rape survivor and gun rights advocate who asked a very tough question of President Obama during Thursday night’s “Guns in America” town hall at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.

George Mason University, like most American universities, is a gun-free zone.

Corban was sexually assaulted on May 12, 2006, while she was studying at the University of Northern Colorado. Her attacker barged into her apartment at 5:00 a.m. that morning and assaulted her for two hours.

Although he was later apprehended and is now serving 24 years to life behind bars, she still struggles with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and stress-related seizures.

Nevertheless, Kimberly doesn’t let this deter her efforts to promote women gaining access to firearms for self-protection.

Continue reading at Wide Open Spaces. 

#GunsInAmerica Town Hall Affirmed How Anti-Gun This President Is

Surprised I was able to stomach CNN’s ‪#‎GunsInAmerica‬ town hall last night held here in Northern Virginia…Below is my takeaway from the event:

First, Obama began the town hall by acknowledging he has limited experience handling firearms and isn’t cognizant of their function or operation. He solely goes off of anecdotes that satisfy his anti-gun appetite. That and that alone automatically disqualifies him from lecturing us about gun safety. He also implied that only those living in the country, not those in urban centers, should only have access to firearms. (Callous, much?) He also suggested that there’s a high potential for law-abiding gun owners to be susceptible to criminal behavior. (Another inaccurate fact.) He has and is trying to usurp power and impose gun control measures under the guise of safety to satisfy his donors in the gun control lobby and similar outlets. His new executive order to expand background checks, which hinders not emboldens safety, would bring on 200 new government bureaucrats who would act as auditors. (Say what?) Instead of enforcing existing state and federal law that already prohibits criminals from accessing firearms, Obama and his surrogates want to penalize gun manufacturers and private dealers since he assumes and believes the shooting sports industry is rooted on profit and blood lust, which is patently false. Additionally, his arrogant tone implied that he thinks law-abiding gun owners and criminals can be lumped together; thus, to prevent a few deaths, he’s willing to embolden government at the expense of liberty. (That’s quite a scary notion.) He wants to seize on skyrocketing gun sales and have our government regulate all aspects of the industry–from transactions to operating costs to firearms access to law-abiding citizens, etc. (Very bad precedent.) Additionally, this president has a track record of imposing anti-liberty, big government measures on the populace despite mass opposition. He did it with Obamacare, has done it for national security, has penalized those who practice religious liberty, and has openly chastised and defamed his opponents–those of us who disagree with his policies. He can’t be trusted on guns either, especially with his previous endorsement of Australian-style confiscation–which Hillary Clinton recently touted.

Secondly, I thought Anderson Cooper actually asked tough questions of the president and didn’t throw many soft ball questions at him. (Apparently, the event wasn’t scripted and Obama wasn’t given questions ahead of time–that’s how all events should be conducted!) Cooper even got frustrated by Obama’s partisan and baseless attacks. The forum definitely exceeded expectations. Kudos to him for not allowing Obama to entirely deceive Americans on crime statistics, reasons why people purchase firearms, and concern for attacks on gun rights as enumerated in the Second Amendment.

Thirdly, questioners like Chris Kyle’s widow Taya Kyle, rape survivor Kimberly Corban, and AZ Sheriff Paul Babeu debunked gun control misinformation that the president and his administration have spewed. These questions rendered the president confused and intimidated. He patronized Mrs. Kyle, Mrs. Corban, and Sheriff Babeu, among many, for challenging his views. He was clearly scripted and nervous and upset to be challenged. Apart from his friends and notable gun control activists Mark Kelly, husband to Gabby Giffords, and Father Flager of Chicago, it was good to see both sides of the debate have a say–especially our pro-gun side. Sad a question about past failures with gun confiscation/gun control from abroad wasn’t asked…

Few recap points:

  • Overall, crime is down in America thanks to good guys with guns apprehending or assisting law enforcement with such. Big cities plagued by gun control policies, however, witness immense amounts of crime today. Nearby Washington, D.C. is one of the worst off…
  • 99.9% of Americans are for background checks already in place. Any talk of eliminating them is held by a few. Expanding existing background checks won’t stop crime–period. Enforce current law in place.
  • Criminal control, not gun control, should be a priority. Penalizing law-abiding gun owners for crimes of those who commit illegal gun crimes is deleterious and backwards.
    Any gun control measure, which is being presented as “gun safety,” comes at the expense of personal safety. Don’t be duped.

Overall, this town hall illuminated how power-hungry, angry, and determined this president and his administration are to suppress gun rights. (We’ve all known this for a while.) For too long, the media hadn’t challenged him or questioned his views. When asked tough questions, he deflects, uses straw man arguments, and projects negatively onto us what he accuses us of. Politicians need to be held accountable on all issues. If they aren’t, government will continue to expand as liberty contracts and shrinks.

Ukraine is Defenseless Against Russian Attack Due to ’05 $48 Million Grant Senator Obama Secured To Destroy Its Guns, Ammunition

With much hype surrounding whether or not the U.S. should aid Ukraine against Russian attack this week, it’s imperative to note a fact going unnoticed by the media.

As Russia continues to reassert itself in the Eastern Bloc with its Neo-Soviet territorial ambitions, one cannot help but shudder at the fact that Ukraine will be defenseless with or without aid from the U.S. (As much as I want Ukraine to defend itself, I don’t think it’s smart to give them aid at this time.) In fact, they shouldn’t trust this administration with providing them aid given one of Obama’s actions as senator that’s continually thrown under the rug. In August 2005, he and former U.S. senator Dick Lugar visited Ukraine and traveled to Donetsk, which is the hotly contested region Russia is so eager to seize from Ukraine. Then-Senator Barack Obama secured $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy tons of thousands of guns and ammunition, which has now rendered Ukraine essentially defenseless against any future attack from Russia.

Here’s more from Daily Mail:

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

How ludicrous is that? As David Limbaugh said and famously wrote, Obama is- without a doubt-the great destroyer. Meddling with other countries and essentially making them weaker? He’s truly a great destroyer domestically and abroad.

I’m Proud to Be A Child of Legal Immigrants

I know I say this a lot, but words can’t describe how incredibly proud I am to be a child of immigrants. My parents sacrificed so much to come here from the former Soviet Union nearly 29 years ago. They learned English, started their own business, and instilled their love of freedom in us–all the while preserving their Lithuanian traditions. They are the best immigrants my sister and I know. Though the process to become U.S. citizens was arduous, they successfully completed it and are grateful for being bestowed opportunities unseen elsewhere in the world.

Our politicians need to stop treating immigrants as pawns for political expediency. In the past, immigrating to America was highly revered and treated with dignity. Today, bureaucrats dangle welfare and taxpayer money in front of people’s faces to lure them into paternalistic government. Additionally, they perpetuate racial division and accuse amnesty opponents of being “xenophobic” if we suggest the need to reform legal immigration and discourage illegal immigration. Additionally, some will accuse us of being anti-free market if we desire to secure the border and want to stop emboldening entitlement spending. (What?) Government is already too gargantuan…

“But but but, immigration is broken!” Immigration is only broken because government bureaucrats and crony capitalists have manipulated the system to line their pockets at our expense. If immigrating to the U.S. was truly grotesque and inhumane as some suggest, what explains millions of people flocking here year after year to enjoy a better life? Please spare us your faulty emotional arguments.

Talk to any legal immigrant from any background and creed–whether from Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, etc. They abhor amnesty and will tell you how deleterious it is for people like them who don’t cheat the system. They will tell you how much they love this country and how hard they worked to get citizenship. Isn’t it ridiculous that 4.4 million people who are taking the right path to citizenship have to wait years, while those who come here illegally are appeased to and easily accommodated? Want to talk compassion for immigrants? Be compassionate to immigrants who don’t admonish our laws.

How do we go forward despite a president with a penchant for unconstitutional authority? Reduce the size and scope of government while adhering to our laws.

Obama to Gamble Away U.S. Sovereignty This Friday in Las Vegas

Emperor…er, President Obama will be gambling away our country’s sovereignty on Friday in Las Vegas, where he’s expected to issue an executive order on amnesty to five million illegals. He’ll be circumventing Congress by acting alone. (Nothing new.)

 

For those of you who are curious, amnesty is a big government scheme. You might be thinking, “What?” “Isn’t that xenophobic?” Quite the contrary. We have laws in this country, and propping people up according to racial lines and buying their votes with the promise of citizenship (and welfare) is a cheap political move. Also, amnesty will hurt small business owners the most. (Look at you, Chamber of Commerce.) Politicians in both parties and their crony capitalist friends have no shame.

Our politicians continue to claim that our immigration system is broken–that our immigration process is inhumane. The only things that are broken about immigration are illegal immigration and bureaucratic bloat that makes it difficult for people to immigrate to the U.S. legally. My parents and other relatives came to this country legally almost 29 years ago after facing political prosecution in the USSR. They came as political refugees and worked diligently to get their citizenship. They learned English, assimilated to the American way of life, became productive members of society, and still retained their heritage/culture! Imagine that? If they did it, so can anyone else. Their quest for citizenship, like that of millions before them and many after them, is the type of immigration we have historically celebrated and should continue to celebrate.

Anytime big government policies are attached to anything, it will lead to chaos, more spending, and greater uncertainly. Amnesty is no exception. ‪#‎StopAmnesty‬

Originally posted on Facebook.