“exactly what I want it to do”

For those of us who might’ve forgotten, or never knew, Dr. Susanna Gratia Hupp, who was with her parents eating lunch in Luby’s cafeteria in Killen Texas in 1991 when a deranged individual entered the establishment and proceeded to shoot and kill 22 patrons, including Hupp’s parents. The shooter wasn’t using an AR-15 or AK-47. He was using a handgun that he was illegally carrying. Hupp habitually carried a handgun in her car, which was legal at the time (and still is). She had left it in the car because, being a law-abiding person. Texas at that time had no law that allowed an individual to have a license to carry a handgun on their person, concealed or otherwise. As a result, Hupp helplessly watched her parents and 20 other victims be shot to death. The police arrived and ultimately killed the shooter, but too late to save any of the victims. Subsequently, Hupp, a chiropractor by profession, ran for and was elected a State Representative, and was instrumental in Texas passing a law that provided for non-disqualified individuals to obtain a license to carry a handgun. 

In the wake of the recent multiple totality shootings, Congress is holding hearings on how to respond to these incidents. On Wednesday, September 17, Hupp testified before a Congressional Joint Economic Committee. Unsurprisingly she testified that, among other proposals, the mandatory gun buyback requirement was “a hugely bad idea.” Referring to former representative and Democrat presidential candidate O’Rourke’s proposal to do just that, Hupp said, “[h]e essentially said he does want to take away the guns that are designed to kill. And let me assure you, if someone threatens me or mine, that’s exactly what I want it to do.”

 

Source” Dallas Morning News, Thursday, September 19, 2019, p. 5A

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