Manuel Martinez escaped from communist Cuba over 30 years ago, but he remembers well the atrocities committed after Cubans were forced to surrender their guns to the government.
Speaking against proposed gun control legislation, he told how citizens under Castro were first disarmed by legislation. Defenseless, many Cubans were then slaughtered.
Mr. Martinez described scenes of sons being torn from their mothers' arms and shot dead in the streets because they lacked the means to protect themselves. He spoke from the heart without notes or teleprompter.
"I've been through it. I've been there. You don't know what freedom is because you never lost it...
If we keep tangling with the Second Amendment, we are open the same way that Cuba was open for Communism. Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Venezuela have fallen into the same trap."