GMN© Guerilla Media Network LLC – June 13, 2016 – Staff Writer
“They said that when they got over there…they didn’t know who the gunman was. There were bodies everywhere. But they [saw] a woman out in the aisle on her knees, cradling a mortally wounded man. They said they watched as some thirty-something-year-old man walked up to her. They said she looked up at him, he put a gun to her head, she looked down at her husband, and he pulled the trigger. That’s how they knew who the gunman was.” ~ Suzanna Hupp on the death of her mother and father reciting the testimony of police officers who were first on the scene.
This eyewitness account did not come from the deadly scene after the Orlando Nightclub shooting. Unfortunately after all is said and done, it has become the same haunting theme that echoes throughout our recent history, followed by an outcry for even tighter restrictions on our right to defend ourselves in a nation that has become obsessed with gun control and gun free zones.
The year was 1991 and Suzanna Hupp was having lunch with her parents at a restaurant called Luby’s Cafeteria in Killean Texas, when George Hennard crashed his truck into the front of the building. Suzanna said it took her 45 seconds to realize this was not an armed robbery, but something far-far worse. When the man exited his vehicle and began shooting people at random.
As the gunman approached she remembered thinking, “I got him” as she reached for her purse only to realize in horror, she had obeyed Texas Law just moments before, taking her gun out of her purse and locking it in her car in the parking lot hundreds of feet away. When it was over, both her mother and father would be lying on the floor dead in that cafeteria.
As a survivor of the incident Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed-handgun laws, citing that if there had been a second chance to prevent the slaughter, she would have violated the Texas law and carried the handgun inside her purse into the restaurant that day because if she had she would still have her parents with her today.
KILLERS TARGET GUN FREE ZONES
According to a recently released study done at Stanford University, there have been a total of 54 mass shootings in this country since 2002. That number has just risen to 55.
The study shows that; Of the 54 incidents that fit the criteria, the shooter chose locations where guns were banned 37 times (69 percent). Alternatively, the shooting occurred where guns were legally allowed only 17 times (31 percent).
Of the 17 shootings that occurred where citizens could legally carry firearms, 5 (29 percent) were ended when the gunman was stopped or slowed by a gun permit holder’s intervention.
This study shows that if you have a choice to be in a gun-free zone or a legal-to-carry setting, you are less likely to be the victim of a mass shooting where it is legal to carry guns. All else being equal, if a killer can strike where he is less likely to face lethal law-abiding resistance from ordinary citizens, he will. Statement Source
After last years June 17, 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church according to his best friend Christon Scriven, shooter Dylan Storm Roof had originally planned to do the shooting at the College of Charleston.
He said: ‘I don’t think the church was his primary target because he told us he was going for the school. But I think he couldn’t get into the school because of the security… so I think he just settled for the church.’
Compare the above deadly shooting that received national attention to this story only told in the local paper;
Spartanburg, S.C., March 2012: Armed with a shotgun, Jesse Gates kicked in a door to his church. Concealed-carry permit holder Aaron Guyton drew his gun and held Gates at gun point, enabling other parishioners to disarm Gates. Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright called the churchgoers heroes. Though Gates was stopped before anyone was harmed, he was still charged with one count of kidnapping and three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm.
WHEN – the diary of the “Dark Knight” movie-theater killer James Holmes, was finally released it clearly shows Holmes decided not to attack an airport because of what he described in his diary as its “substantial security.” Out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect’s apartment, only one theater banned permitted concealed handguns. That’s the one he attacked.
Comparing the story of James Holmes to this next example we can hardly help but imagine what a difference one concealed permit holder could have made;
Philadelphia, Pa., March 2015: A permit holder was walking by a barber shop when he heard shots fired. He quickly ran into the shop and shot the gunman to death. Police Captain Frank Llewellyn said, “I guess he saved a lot of people in there.”
Stories where lives were saved by a concealed carry permit holder hardly ever receive national news coverage. Many received only one or two local news stories. Yet, if a permit holder hadn’t stopped these attacks these cases would surely have received national attention.
Survivors of the Orlando nightclub mass shooting tell a terrifying tale where they were – huddled and shaking in a corner with nothing but a phone, hiding beneath the lifeless bodies of what used to be their friends, and helplessly held at gunpoint while waiting hours for help that was slow in coming. It doesn’t matter if it is a terror attack or hate crime, random violence or targeted killing; If you are in a gun safe zone the reality is your not very safe at all.
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