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Thursday, August 03, 2006

 
What Motivated Citizens And Their Firearms Can Do

On August 1, It Comes In Pints recalled the 40th anniversary of the Charles Whitman shooting spree at the University of Texas. Note this passage:

The odd thing is that that most of the killings happened in the first 30 minutes. After that, students and towns people with deer rifles kept Charles pinned down.

Whitman wounded 31 and killed 16 (including Claire Wilson's unborn child) over a 96-minute period. Imagine what he and his rifle would have done if nobody was shooting back.

Segue to the 1991 Luby's massacre at Killeen, Texas, where George Hennard killed 23 and wounded 20 in a ten-minute span before killing himself. Survivor Suzanna Gratia Hupp had this to say:

"I was looking for a weapon, any weapon, because my handgun was 100 feet away, outside in my car. I made an incredibly stupid decision to follow the law, and that cost my family's lives," she says as she reflects on the massacre that ended with 24 people dead inside the Luby's Cafeteria at Killeen, a military town in Central Texas.

Hupp fought for the Texas concealed carry law, and currently serves in the state legislature - official website here.




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