Sunday, July 29, 2012

VIDEO: Shooting Victim To Congress: 2nd Amendment Protects Us From YOU

The recent massacre in Aurora, CO reminded me of shooting victim Suzanna Gratia Hupp's testimony before Congress in which the doctor related in the context of a gun control hearing the tragic tale of her inability to stop the slaying of her parents right before her eyes due to a Texas gun law. From the :
On October 16, 1991, Hennard drove his 1987 Ford Ranger pickup truck through the front window of a Luby's Cafeteria at 1705 East Central Texas Expressway in Killeen, yelled "This is what Bell County has done to me!", then opened fire on the restaurant's patrons and staff with a Glock 17 pistol and later a Ruger P89. About 80 people were in the restaurant at the time. He stalked, shot, and killed 23 people and wounded another 20 before committing suicide. During the shooting, he approached Suzanna Gratia Hupp and her parents. Hupp had actually brought a handgun to the Luby's Cafeteria that day, but had left it in her vehicle due to the laws in force at the time, forbidding citizens from carrying firearms. According to her later testimony in favor of Missouri's HB-1720 bill[1] and in general, after she realized that her firearm was not in her purse, but "a hundred feet away in [her] car", her father charged at Hennard in an attempt to subdue him, only to be gunned down; a short time later, her mother was also shot and killed. (Hupp later expressed regret for abiding by the law in question by leaving her firearm in her car, rather than keeping it on her person.) One patron, Tommy Vaughn, threw himself through a plate-glass window to allow others to escape. Hennard allowed a mother and her four-year-old child to leave. He reloaded several times and still had ammunition remaining when he committed suicide by shooting himself in the head after being cornered and wounded by police.
Suzanna concluded her heart-wrenching testimony with the following words:
Just one final statement. I've been sitting here getting more and more fed up with all of this talk about these pieces of machinery have no legitimate sporting purpose. No legitimate hunting purpose. People, that is NOT the point of the Second Amendment. 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 protect ourselves from all of you guys up there.
Whether or not you've seen the video, it's well worth watching.