MUST WATCH: A Cuban immigrant’s impassioned plea for the Second Amendment

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There is an inspiring story out of Portland, Oregon that reiterates just how important it is to never take freedom for granted. On Friday, during an Oregon Senate committee hearing on gun control, Manuel Martinez, a Cuban refugee who immigrated to the United States over 40 years ago to escape the Communist Cuban regime, delivered an impassioned defense of the Second Amendment.

On radio this morning, Glenn played a portion of Martinez’s remarks. Below is a video and transcript of his testimony courtesy of Daylight Disinfectant.


My name is Manuel Martinez. Born in Cuba. American Citizen for more than 40 years. I oppose any manipulation, any regulation or disruption of the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.

In 1957 a Revolution … individuals … malicious individuals, masquerading as Democrats, revolutionaries, established a regime … a dictatorial regime … in my nation. Called Communism, Socialism, Stalinism, Marxism, and whatever other named -ism you want to put on it. The reason why it was done was to take away the guns from the People. The right of the People to wear guns. That is a God-given Right. It’s not given by anybody. It’s not given by any group. It’s the same thing as freedom, which is a God-given Right. And no one, absolutely no one, has the authority to take it away. To cease to defend the Second Amendment, and my God-given Right of freedom, will cease only with my death.

I’ve been through it. I’ve been there. You people don’t know what freedom is because you never lost it. You haven’t been tortured. You haven’t been [sic] assassinations, you haven’t been mothers begging for the life of their son not to be killed because the only reason is they wanted to be free. And they killed the mothers and they killed the sons.

So my way to protest, the way to oppose, because if we keep tangling with the Second Amendment, we are open the same way that Cuba was open for Communism. China, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela, on and on. A dictatorial regime that will destroy this country, in the same way that it destroyed those ones that I mentioned to you.

Gun Control does not protect anybody. It doesn’t protect the citizens, it doesn’t protect the People. The only reason for gun control is for the Government to be protected from the Citizens. In that way the Government can manipulate the People and subjugate them. That’s what’s happened in Cuba for 52 years … 54.

I came here for freedom. At the time I came here it was different. This country opened their arms for me … I couldn’t get it in Cuba. And they opened their arms for me, I probably wouldn’t get it here today. I hope that I get clear with you, and you understand my point of view. I think that concludes my testimony.

Freedom! Freedom!

“The way he said that is phenomenal to me,” Glenn said.

What Martinez speaks of is the inability of people to realize what is being taken away from them until it is too late. Glenn spoke of some of the things that have happened in the last 10 years alone that would have previously seemed inconceivable: the breakdown of the family; the loss of religious freedom; the devaluing of the dollar; the threats to the Second Amendment; the consolidation of power under Barack Obama; the indoctrination of our children through Common Core, CSCOPE, and higher education; growing media bias; the movement away from personal responsibility toward the collective. The list goes on and on.

“Do you think that that’s going to be better or worse in seven years,” Glenn asked. “If you answered better on any of those, I’d sure like you to call me and tell me how. I’d like a ray of sunshine. I will tell you, the only way I know of is if we become a better, stronger, more self-reliant, and, quite honestly, religious people. I don’t care what religion you go to but more self-reliant and more self-regulated. Get out of the system of the government and into the system of God. It’s the only way. Miracles will have to happen. If you have another way besides that I’d sure like to hear about it.”

“Can you look ahead,” Glenn continued. “And will you take the steps to stand peacefully, calmly. and help others understand? It’s getting to be too late to have the arguments anymore. Don’t argue with anybody. Just prepare and have your family know what the truth really is. And stand with each other. And stand for the principles that you know to be true, if you don’t know what is truly real, you don’t know what freedom is because you’ve never lost it, maybe it’s time that you actually think about it because this is the high stakes table. We’ve gone from the Tuesday night bingo to the high stakes table where every chip is on the table.”

  • Sam Fisher

    It is a fact that most countries that take guns away from the people also take rights away from the people. Hitler did it to the countries he concurred and made strict gun laws on his own people. Many more dictators have done so and most liberals are content to ignore the facts and go for knee jerk reactions to whatever their party tells them. Here are some of those facts that the people need to see.

    • Sam

      Hitler only restricted guns from the people that declared war on germany.  He loosened the gun laws for german citizens.  

      • Sam Fisher

        “The most foolish mistake we could possibly make would be to allow the subject races to possess arms. History shows that all conquerors who have allowed their subject races to carry arms have prepared their own downfall by so doing. Indeed, I would go so far as to say that the supply of arms to the underdogs is a sine qua non for the overthrow of any sovereignty. So let’s not have any native militia or native police. German troops alone will bear the sole responsibility for the maintenance of law and order throughout the occupied Russian territories, and a system of military strong-points must be evolved to cover the entire occupied country.” –Adolf Hitler

  • Guest

    What’s that dripping off of the hands of Glenn Beck?

    Oh, right; it’s the blood of the children who will be gunned down because of the common sense gun safety laws that Beck helps kill.

    • EL ZORRO

      Only the most naive, gullible, fool, brainwashed or brain dead, will believe the government gun control PROPAGANDA.

    • Anonymous

      Do you actually believe what you are typing?  WOW!!!  You know even though they sign into law taking every gun in the world there will be one person who has it in them to find a gun and kill someone.  And also, it doesn’t make a difference how many gun checks you have – as long as you have parents who don’t lock up their weapons the children will be able to get to them.  They don’t need a license or background check – their parents have already gone through that.  I hope you understand what I am typing?   In other words you are certainly full of it!!!

    • Anonymous

      “…who will be gunned down…”

      What are you anticipating to do — do something horrific so you can then blame it on Glenn Beck?

      Typical twisted thinking and illogic of the left. What is “common sense” about disarming law-abiding citizens, in order to let criminals act unopposed in their evil desires?

      Remember Benghazi. Who said, “Stand down.”?

      Laus Deo

      • Guest

        It’s common sense to get the weapons designed to kill as many people as quickly as possible out of circulation. It made sense with machine guns, and it makes sense with assault weapons and large magazines.

        No one said “stand down.” You believe the liars on Fox. You need to stop listening to liars and start watching real news. News is no propaganda. Fox and the Blaze are propaganda. If you don’t know that, then you need to study what propaganda is.

        I don’t have to plan on doing anything horrific. Someone will get an assault rifle and kill lots of people again. Beck and LaPierre will have the blood on his hands, just as they have the blood on their hands from Sandy Hook.

        • Barbara Attaway

          Yep, and if you be with those who come after MY ARMS….God help you!!!!  I will mow you ALL down “as quickly as possible.”  You idiot!!!  Why don’t you educate us here and now about “what propaganda is.” YOU MAKE ME SICK!

          • Guest

            Little girl, if you’re not a felon or a psychotic, which is questionable given your willingness to commit murder, you get to keep your toys of mass murder. It’s so funny. You threaten mass murder and then call me an “idiot.” (What grade did you drop out of Sunday School?)

            Glenn Beck is what propaganda is all about. 

            BTW: Houston is the armpit of the country. You need to travel a bit.

    • greywolfrs

      Common sense? What would you know about common sense, vicki tiffany? You still believe an AR-15 is an “assault rifle.”

      • Anonymous

        And you’re still showing the world proof positive that Beck’s followers behave like pissed off 10 yr. olds.

        No, dillweed, I believe that an AR-15 is an assault weapon, perfect for killing large numbers of people and not much else.

        You need to break out of the right-wing echo chamber and find out what rational people are thinking and saying. 

        • greywolfrs

          An AR-15 is a semi-automatic rifle, nothing more. You obviously do not know the difference between an AR-15 and an M-16. Another stupid comment by the dunce, vicki tiffany.

    • Anonymous

      The gun safety laws are anything but COMMON SENSE. They do nothing but calm the fears of idiots.


    snowleopard…I agree with you, we are on the edge of a full scale dictatorship…but Barry aka Obama, is only a piece in the chess board. For almost hundred years, the INTERNATIONAL BANKERS has been conspiring to destroy the AMERICAN CONSTITUTION and to implement  a totalitarian commune-fascist society under they control, what they call the NEW WORLD ORDER, and after the end of WWII the globalist conspirators at the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London and the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS in New York, devoted all their  energy and creativity to devise a plan to impose on the people of the WORLD their DEMONIC creation…now here is a question, why  was Obama chosen by the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS for the pResidence of the White House?…did the CFR appoint him to turn a possible rebellion into a race war?, did they appoint him because, due to his inability to offer proof that he really is a natural born citizen, they can blackmail him with their knowledge that they have from his pass, they can ged rid of him any time they want, if he refused to follow his CFR handlers orders?, it is evident that Obama is a PUPPET OF THE CFR, he can’t produce any  coherent argument when he is not fallowing his CFR controlled teleprompter. Still, Obama is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma, and protected by  a BODY GUARD of LIES behind a dark curtain of disinformation and by a cesspool of dishonest, corrupt, CRIMINAL and COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS CONTROLLED judiciary,  MEDIA and a BODY GUARD OF CIA OPERATIVE working under the ORDERS OF THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS. The whole State Department is controlled by the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, connect the dots, all the pass Secretary of State have been members of the COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS, (I going to mention only the last 13 years but it go bark many years)Colin Power, Condolesa Rice, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and you can go to the last forty years and see the PICTURE. No matter what Glen Beck said, the council on foreign relations is the REAL government, they members CONTROL  BOTH PARTIES and every government Institution. Read the book “Tragedy and Hope” of professor Carroll Quigley.   

    • Anonymous

      Unfortunately, this is only one of the steps before our world comes to an end and the Lord comes!!!  YEA!!! can’t wait…

  • Anonymous

    Isn’t it a shame that it takes an immigrant to remind us of just how blessed as a nation we are. I am ready to stand for my freedom, my children,  and grandchildren.  I don’t have a gun (I want one) but I assure you I can certainly talk them to death.  (I am a great talker)  I don’t want to take away from the importance of the issue at hand.  Stand tall – Christ is with us…..

  • Anonymous

    “Don’t waste a crisis….”

    Yeah, the gubmint is taking advantage of the few shooting tragedies to whip up a frenzy of emotion to pass draconian legislation aimed at removing the gun threat to them, so they can have unlimited power over us.

    The statistical picture (and no, I can’t make the case numerically, that’s for you to do if you want it) is of the relatively rare large-scale killings, compared to the number of peaceful school days,or the number of movie patrons undisturbed. I see it like the airline industry, where millions of miles are flown uneventfully, in contrast to the rare crash that takes the lives of a large group of people. Is anyone up in arms over that? Or that the most dangerous, and most statistically dangerous part of air travel is the drive to and from the airport? No; because there is no way to legislate meaningfully to gain “power” in those situations.

    By contrast, the statistically rare large-group killings are something the powers-that-be can see to use to grab control with, and seize power via emotional legislation. And this will continue until they have what they want, namely, power over us to dictate their liberal views unopposed. 

    We are on a downward path, and will likely end only with the return of the Savior, as I see it. Yet, it will be to our eternal good if we stand against the evil that is becoming more rampant and open every day. As Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Not to speak is to speak….” and so on.

    The various events seen around the world presage a culmination of some horrific happening — Armageddon, perhaps?

    Always, as a reminder, Remember Benghazi. Who said, “Stand down.?

    Laus Deo

  • Guest

    No one is arguing against the 2nd Amendment. People want to get the weapons designed to kill as many people as possible as quickly as possible out of circulation, just as the government did with machine guns and sawed off shotguns decades ago.

    Just as you can’t yell “FIRE” in a crowded theater when there isn’t one, public safety demands that we limit the right to bear arms to weapons that do not threaten YOUR children, my children and everyone’s children.

    This is a no brainer.

    • Anonymous

      Then there is the current news item about the guy slashing a bunch of people with a knife.

      So, what do we do?

      Shall we carry it to a (logical, to you and others) conclusion to outlaw and shut down gun manufacturers and knife manufacturers, and round up everything that cuts or goes boom? Yes, that is extreme sarcasm but it shows the line of thinking that attempts to deflect analysis and efforts to fix the problem of what may cause wrongdoers to act as they do.

      So, where do we apply “common sense” and what is “common sense” anyway, nowadays?

      Yes, machine guns and sawed-off shotguns were used in the past, by the mobs. Criminals. Wrongdoers, not the law-abiding citizens. Has anything like that been used recently in mass killings? Look carefully at the difference between full auto and semi-auto, and “appearance”. Does “appearance” make it more “deadly”? Usage, in a criminal’s hands, is what is deadly with anything used as a weapon, including bare hands.

      Let’s apply common sense where it is needed.

      Paper torn in an “L” shape? Partially munched Pop-tarts? Who is going crazy now, and how do we fix it? Proper thinking, education, and more open reporting as Beck and others do.

      Remember Benghazi.

      Laus Deo

      • Anonymous

         We should all ask the question if a students have the right to carry gun for self defense  how many of the student would be save from the rampart knife attacks of this derange person ??????????????????????????????

        • Anonymous

          Oh, but remember this is supposed to be a “gun free zone”. So maybe we should also put up a sign declaring it a “knife free zone” as well?

          Sarcasm off.

      • Guest

        No one died in that knife attack! 

        If he had an assault rifle with a 30 round clip, this would still be in the news.

        Count on Beck’s gullible followers to support mass murder made possible with the sales of weapons designed to kill as many children, woman and men as possible.

        Common sense means ban those sales. 

    • greywolfrs

      So, we should ban knives, chainsaws, baseball bats and any other “weapon” that can used to threaten your children? You are an idiot, vicki tiffany.

      • Guest

        Yesterday, there was a knife attack on a college campus in TX. 15 casualties; 0 deaths.

        No adult calls a man “vicky,” and someone as detached from reality, someone who cannot detect any of the many lies Beck tells you, is in no position to insult ANYONE’s IQ.

        The irony just drips off my monitor when a gullible fool fires out an insult. I’m laughing at you old, old, man/child; not with you.

        When your reading comprehension is up to high school level, get back to me. Otherwise, you’re embarrassing yourself.

        • greywolfrs

          Again, calling you vicki is indicative of the little bitch you are.
          Talk about irony, as you swallow everything Obamao feeds you, get down on your knees, little bitch.

          • Anonymous

            Again, calling a man “vicki” is indicative of an immature mind.

            You demonstrate MORE ignorance because I’d like to see Obama (note spelling pathetic reactionary) impeached.

            Now show the world how immature Beck’s supporters are some more.

          • greywolfrs

            Calling a man-child vicki is indicative of you being a little bitch, vicki tiffany.

  • Anonymous

    Question would this be consider that you answer the question truthfully  if your have gun in your home if you say no !! If one home of a relative have the bolt of a rifle (just a piece of metal ) ,the other relative just have a (stick compose of metal and wood ) base of a rifle to keep government from seizing your fire arms being separate they do not make up a functional gun ??????????????  I let some legal wizard answer this question !!????

  • Anonymous

    I guess you have to look back 40 years to see people coming to US for freedom. Now people seem to come for money and free stuff not freedom. Like looters after a disaster.  Mr Martinez nailed it. It was not about gun control he saw them coming for his freedom once again. This must be a nightmare for him.

  • Anonymous

    My Grandmother come to America through Ellis Island.  How fortunate I am to have been born here! And even more fortunate that she told me stories of opression and tyranny from where they came from.  I still weep when I hear our national athem. My husband does not understand why I have such strong feelings for our great country. I tell him his family has been here so long they have forgotten where they came from.  In my youth I enlisted in the Marine’s – It was payback for my family’s freedom. I wish those people who do not want to respect our great country would go to another country that is already demonstrating the revolting lives that they want-  I know they would return here shortly after and kiss the ground they walk on and appreciate the constitution we choose to live by. Hit the road!

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