From all of you guys up there

Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Suzanna Hupp: Back in 1991, I was with my parents at a local restaurant and we had just finished eating when a madman drove his truck through the window and very methodically began executing people. And he wasn’t spraying bullets. He had complete control over the situation. He was simply walking from one person to the next, taking aim, pulling the trigger.

My father ran at the man and was very easily taken out. My mother ended up staying with him. When the gunman got back around to her, she was cradling my father and the police were there at that point and they saw her look up at the gunman and he put his gun to her head and he pulled the trigger.

(VO, Penn): You might think Suzanna would be in favor of stricter gun control laws. You would be wrong. She actually had a gun with her that afternoon but in the days before right to carry legislation the law required that she leave it in her car.

Suzanna Hupp: I was angry at myself for having made now what I realize was an incredibly stupid decision to obey a bad law and allow my family to get killed. And I was mad at my legislature because I absolutely felt that they had legislated me out of the right to protect myself and my family.

(VO, Penn): Gun control advocates might argue that if Suzanna had use of her handgun that day she might have made a horrible situation worse. She might have accidentally shot a bystander or been shot herself.

Suzanna Hupp: But I’ll tell you the one thing that nobody can argue with. It sure as heck would have changed the odds.

“Season 3: Gun Control,” Penn & Teller: Bullshit! on Showtime

She was describing the Luby’s massacre in which her father gave his life in a beautifully brave but geriatric, unarmed, and useless attempt to rush the killer. Her mother, unwilling to leave the side of her husband of 47 years, died too.

This was the deadliest spree killing in US history until 9 days ago in Virginia. A lot of you are saying that one gun in the hands of another student or teacher wouldn’t have made a difference or would have made things worse. That the answer is to take away all the guns from the people who follow gun laws, i.e. not criminals. Presumably this would be as successful as other major anti-crime programs like getting rid of drugs.

If you had your way, a lot more people would be dead in the news. Two and a half months ago another mass killing jumped off and might have gone as high as 20 or 30—or more, he brought a backpack full of ammunition—had there not been one law abiding person there with a gun who cut it short at 4 murdered. Sulejman Talović only stopped killing in the Trolley Square Mall in Salt Lake City, Utah when a man who had his gun there started shooting back.

Suzanna Hupp: I’m not really mad at the guy that did this… …The guy that did it was a lunatic. That’s like being mad at a rabid dog…

…The Second Amendment is not about duck hunting. And I know I’m not going to make very many friends saying this. But it’s about our right, all of our rights, to be able to protect ourselves from all of you guys up there.

Testimony to Legislature

Ms Hupp won a Texas State Representative seat soon after the murders. She was instrumental in getting right to carry legislation in Texas, even overriding the veto of Governor Richards. Since Texans have been able to legally carry concealed guns, murder and rape rates have fallen sharply, up to 50% faster than the already falling national rates.

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