One of the Parkland, Florida, high school anti-gun activists is taking heat for wearing a Cuban flag patch on her jacket. Critics say it shows her naiveté to preach against the Second Amendment that protects us from tyrannical governments while wearing the flag of a tyrannical government that took away its citizens’ guns. Supporters say she was just proudly displaying her Cuban heritage, which is separate from the Cuban government.
I’d like to point out an angle that hasn’t been covered yet: even the anti-gun group GunPolicy.org claims that Castro didn’t disarm the populace and there are still an estimated 545,000 privately-owned guns in Cuba. While the vast majority of weapons are in the hands of government and police (which naïve youth apparently believes makes people safer and more secure), the Cuban constitution does allow citizens to have arms. Not to protect themselves from the government, Heaven forbid, but so they can fight “anyone who tries to overthrow the political, social and economic order.” In other words, they’re allowed to own a gun to protect their communist oppressors, but not to protect themselves from their communist oppressors.
Therefore, since many protesters at the march were calling for a repeal of the Second Amendment, confiscation of guns and disarming the citizenry completely, that would actually put their position on guns far to the left of Fidel Castro’s. This is what the Democratic Party proudly points to as America’s future under them.
So think long and hard before you decide to surf that “blue wave” next November.