A Little Reminder On Gun Bans

by lewwaters

A little reminder as we see the inevitable cry of the gun-grabbers to ban guns again. The emotional testimony of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp who witnessed her parents being gunned down in the 1991 Luby’s Restaurant shooting in Killeen, Texas. She owned a gun, but left it locked in the glove box of her car to be in compliance with the law banning guns in restaurants then.

35-year-old George Pierre Hennard did not care about complying with the law and slaughtered 23 people while wounding another 20 before committing suicide.

15 Comments to “A Little Reminder On Gun Bans”

  1. She explained herself and our rights very well! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Not said, Carolyn is that gun ban was reversed. From Wikipedia,

    “In response to the massacre,[5] the Texas Legislature in 1995 passed a shall-issue gun law, which requires that all qualifying applicants be issued a Concealed Handgun License (the state’s required permit to carry concealed weapons), removing the personal discretion of the issuing authority to deny such licenses. To qualify for a license, one must be free-and-clear of crimes, attend a minimum 10-hour class taught by a state-certified instructor, pass a 50-question test, show proficiency in a 50-round shooting test, and pass two background tests, one shallow and one deep. The license costs $240 to $290, depending on the added instructor’s fee.”

    “The law had been campaigned for by Dr. Suzanna Hupp, who was present at the time of the shootout where both of her parents were shot and killed. She later expressed regret for obeying the law by leaving her firearm in her car rather than keeping it on her person due to the fact that it could have cost her her chiropractic license.[6] She testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996.[7] The law was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush.[8]”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luby%27s_massacre#Consequences

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  3. The sad, horrifying, and appalling point is the shared American knowledge that, beyond any doubt, this will happen again, and that it will happen in America many, many times before it occurs anywhere else.

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  4. It is sad when anything of this nature happens anywhere, Schuyler. But is it sadder than aircraft flown into buildings, drunk drivers causing accidents, suicide bombers or any other crime committed that results in death?

    Stop and consider how many gun owners there are that do not commit crimes, many who have prevented crimes or stopped them before they grew to this level.

    Would people be demanding knives be banned or registered, like England was discussing if he had used a couple machetes or was running through stabbing people?

    And yes, he had the guns legally, but millions of other legal guns killed no one this week. We don’t know the reasons yet and I’m not ready to pull on a tin foil hat to buy into the conspiracy theories that have already sprung up. But, he could just as easily have acquired the guns illegally.

    But too, we are far from the only place this has happened nor do we have the highest rate of gun deaths.

    In fact, if you look at it critically, you’ll find these crimes happening where guns are banned, not where there is a good chance potential victims are armed.

    The 71 year old who shot the two robbers in Florida recently showed how fast someone ready to defend himself and others stops these crimes.

    But, more laws do little when the criminals do not follow the laws we have now.

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  5. So… that guy in Norway who killed 77 (making this, comparatively speaking, look like a fender-bender) wasn’t here. 350 were slaughtered in Syria a few days back. That anyone believes that the US corners the market in this kind of violence has a screw loose.

    “An armed society is a polite society.”

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  6. Can we ignore how many have been killed with the thousands of guns sent south of the border by the Obama Administration under ‘Fast & Furious?’

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  7. The shooter obviously has mental issues. He had no business being anywhere near a firearm. The argument now favors those who would impose restrictions on firearms. However, imagine if you will if the shooter had been a Muslim with mental issues or a person of color with mental issues. There would have been different drumbeats with a long roll.

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  8. Anybody who does such a heinous act obviously has mental issues, Nathan. But were they apparent before now? Too many things are unknown still.

    But, while you are correct that it is inevitable that gun-grabbers will latch onto this to further take guns out of the hands of those who do not misuse guns, they will not stop teh crazies, they only give them more areas to do their dirty deeds.

    And you are also correct on if it had been a Muslim. Just look at Major Hassan and Ft. Hood or the plethora of shootings in the Washington D.C. area already under strict gun bans.

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  9. Speaking of gun-grabbers. As governor of Mass, Romney banned the assault weapon used In the Colorado massacre.

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  10. Romney’s position on that “Evolved” back in 2005.

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  11. Some call it evolving while others call it Etch A Sketch.

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  12. Yes, we know.

    Obama and Democrats switching is permissible as “evolving.”

    But no one else.

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  13. If I were a gun rights advocate faced with two candidates, one with a track record of banning assault weapons and one with no such record, I wonder who I would vote for.

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  14. Having “no record” means you don’t know where they stand.

    At least with Romney, his record shows his view matured.

    By the way, real assault weapons have always been banned. What gun grabbers classify today as “assault” weapons are hardly that.

    Try buying a fully automatic M-16 and see how far you get.

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  15. Guns are almost beside the point. The real problem is that we no longer lock up borderline psychopaths, instead allowing them to move freely about, live where-ever they want, and buy whatever they wish. Virtually every one of these mass-killings, including this most recent one, were done by someone who had left many clues with others as to their highly unstable mental condition, and those clues were either ignored or swept under the rug. It used to be much easier to keep crazy folks locked up, but it’s no longer PC to do so now, and society pays the price.

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