I remember eary in my "awakening" period watching a youtube video clip of Suzanna (Gratia) Hupp from Texas who was involved in the infamous Luby's Cafeteria shooting event in Killeen, Texas back in 1991. It is found here:
As I watched this something finally "clicked" with me and I finally realized the true intent and purpose of the Second Amendment: to protect ourselves primarily against tyranny, secondary against all other criminals. Regardless, it is there to enable us to defend ourselves with whatever means we deem necessary if we so choose. What impressed me so much with Mrs. Hupp is her boldness in proclaiming this before her state legislature so long ago. She spoke without fear and did not hesitate to make perfectly clear that state and federal lawmakers become the enemy when they overstep their bounds and she is without a doubt a great patriot and hero in my eyes.
Thank you, Suzanna. You helped awaken a man who is now trying to do likewise with those within the realm of his influence.
So, I ask you: Are you courageous enough to do the same or are you afraid of offending? Are you afraid of offending your family, friends or, dare I say, the federal and state governments by reminding them in no uncertain terms what the purpose of the Second Amendment is? Are you willing to contact your state legislators as well as your U.S. Senators and Congressmen to make sure THEY understand? How about your sheriff, county commissioners and city councilmen? If you do not stand, who will?
Back to the story of Mrs. Hupp. The Blaze covered her appearance on C-Span Monday in which she not only recounts her experience before the U.S. Senate but she also adds some of the details pertaining to the responding law enforcement that she had been previously unaware of. They also give a brief summary of her own service of 5 two-year terms on the Texas Legislature from 1996-2006:
In the intervening years, Hupp has become a staunch advocate for concealed-carry, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996. After six terms, in 2006, she chose not to seek re-election.
She appeared on Monday, she said, not in any professional capacity, but simply as a citizen.
Hupp began by noting how uncomfortable she felt when victims of gun violence were asked to stand at the beginning of the hearing.
“Honestly, I don’t view myself as a victim of gun violence,” she said simply. “I view myself as a victim of a maniac who happened to use a gun as a tool, and I view myself as a victim of the legislators at the time who left me defenseless.”
She re-told the gripping story with new details, before explaining one of the reasons why help was so slow in coming:
“The police officers, several of them, were patients of mine. Several days later, they filled in the gaps. They said they were actually one building away at a conference, and in an odd twist of gun control fate, the hotel where they were having their conference, the manager there didn’t want them to be wearing their guns and potentially offending any of her clients or customers…So precious minutes were lost as they retrieved their guns from their locked cars.
“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.
“They said all they had to do was fire a shot into the ceiling, and the man immediately rabbited into a back bathroom alcove area…
“23 people were killed that day, including my parents.” [Emphasis added]
Hupp once again compared the killer to a “rabid dog,” which she said you take behind a barn and kill, but certainly don’t hold wholly accountable for its condition.
“But I’ve got to tell you, I was mad as heck at my legislators, because I honestly believe they legislated me out of the right to protect myself and my family,” she concluded. “And I would much rather be sitting in jail right now with a felony offense on my head, and have my parents alive to know their grandchildren.”
Watch the gripping testimony via C-SPAN, below: