|“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,
the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
|Â||Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution|
Â Â Â Â It is very, very, very difficult not to feel empathetic and compassionate toward Carolyn McCarthy and Sarah Brady.Â McCarthy lost her husband to a deranged gunman, and for all practical purposes, so did Sarah Brady.Â So that, in their grief and anger and cries for justice and perhaps genuine intent to protect others from what they went through, they began crusades that ultimately left millions of Americans defenseless, untold numbers fearful and countless law-abiding citizens innocent victims.Â And we can likewise genuinely forgive them for their zeal.Â Those who lose loved ones to violence are prone to abhor it and often single-minded in doing what they think is right to prevent it.Â We can even genuinely forgive those who sign on to the Brady and McCarthy campaigns to root out the evil gun.Â We areÂ much less forgiving for those statists and autocrats and tyrantsÂ who would use these women, and their crusade, for their own ends.
Â Â Â Â But does our forgiveness know no bounds, no end?Â The simplistic arguments they and their allies haveÂ offered all these years can be refuted on logical, philosophical and constitutional grounds all day long, and have been.Â But what has rarely happened is for the weight of theÂ evidence, on a personal and morbid level, to be Â starkly and effectively presented.Â Â A fewÂ lessons can illustrate the point,Â and their category is Massacre – The Luby’s Texas killings, the Columbine killings, the Virginia Tech Killings, and the recent Giffords Campaign Rally killings.Â This is far from an exhaustive list, and more on the Luby’s case later, but the point is that 60-70 Â people lost their lives when, in each case, ifÂ one victim or innocent bystander or authority figureÂ inÂ the vicinity had been in possession of a firearm, some, many or all of those deaths could have been avoided.Â The story of the thirteen unarmed soldiers being gunned down at Ft. Hood is a special case involving a politically correct and perhaps glaringly unprofessional military regime instead of civilian law, but it is a travesty nonetheless. And ironically, Ft. Hood is not far from Killeen, Texas.
Â Â Â Â Those are the high profile cases, the mass murders, and there are more.Â But what of the lesser known cases, the individual killings, where if a victim had not been legally denied the means of self-defense, or had not been intimidated or scared by these anti-gun campaigns and the fawning media and politicians that support them, the outcome could have been much different?Â What about theÂ public policies, local and state ordinances and federal ones, as well as things like the infamous Centers for Disease Controls’ despicable usurpation of the public purse to study gun ownership and possession and gun crime statistics as if possession of firearms is a disease, that cowed law-abiding citizensÂ into not arming, or even disarming, themselves and their loved ones?Â What is the death toll? Â We can never know, for statistics like that are not kept.Â Surely it is in the thousands, if notÂ tens of thousands.
Â Â Â Â How many people have to die needlessly so that Sarah Brady and Carolyn McCarthy can feel a sense of accomplishment in taking X number of firearms out of circulation, or, as happens all too often, demonizing and criminalizingÂ those who wish to defend themselves and their families and their property, indeed perhaps their God-given liberty or their free states?
Â Â Â Â One of the most heartbreaking stories you will ever hear, ranking right up there with those of Carolyn McCarthy and Sarah Brady, if not more so because the protagonist, Suzanna Gratia Hupp, was on the scene and an eyewitness to the horror, is the Luby’s Restaurant massacre in Killeen, Texas on October 16, 1991. Â Twenty three people were murdered inside that restaurant that day, including Hupp’s mother and father, before her very eyes.Â And the tragic, Â wrenching, maddening lesson of that story is that Suzanna could have perhaps prevented it.Â She had a legal handgun in her purse, but she did the politically correct thing and followed the ordinances and removed her handgun from her purse and left it in the car. See, the law said that people weren’t allowed to carry handguns into public restaurants in Texas, ostensibly because guns kill people and if no guns were allowed in Luby’s restaurant, no one could be killed by a gun there.Â Hupp’s parents were two of twenty three people killed by a gun, inside Luby’s restaurant.Â A gun that wasn’t allowed to be there.
Â Â Â Â Hupp’s parents were executed, coldly and methodically, and Suzanna Hupp has to live every day with the knowledge that the means to possibly not have to watch her parents be murdered was agonizingly close, just a few feet away in the parked car outside the restaurant, but not close enough because of gun control laws like those pushed by Sarah Brady.Â Carolyn McCarthy and her crusade would come on scene a couple of years after the Killeen Massacre, but it turned into the same type of dog-and-pony show as the Brady Campaign, with hype and hyperbole, sensation and demonization, misnomer and misinformation and hijacking by the forces of statist hegemony.Â Hupp became an advocate for shall-issue concealed carry in Texas and the Second Amendment in general and served in the Texas House of Representatives.Â If you do not know her story, go here and watch her testimony before Congress. It is riveting.Â
Â Â Â Â At some point, the American people are going to have to wake up and stop listening to people who do not know what they are talking about, whether it’s meteorology, economics, foreign affairs, child-rearing orÂ how to live securely in a free state, and to protect ourselves and our loved ones while doing so.Â Suzanna Hupp knows what she is talking about.