Thursday, November 8, 2007

A Texas gun rights Hero - Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp

One of my favorite gun rights quotes was coined by Dr. Suzanna Hupp - one of the great hero's of gun rights advocacy. Her efforts were a major force in getting the Texas legislature to pass their shall issue CCW law in 1995 that finally "allowed" it's citizens to keep & bear arms - prior to that Texas did not allow either concealed or open carry of handguns in public at all, unless you were part of a government agency. So in essence, Texas had previously quashed the right to bear arms. Currently it is only partially quashed, since you still can't openly carry a handgun in public there with or without a permit, and you can only conceal carry there with permission from the state in the form of a permit. But at least Texas is now a "shall issue" CCW state, so if you apply, take the required training course, pay the expensive fees, pass the required background checks, & meet the stated requirements, they have to issue you a permit.

You can watch Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp discuss the gun rights issue via the below video links:

On to my favorite Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp quote:

How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual… as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of.
Gun control is not about guns - it's about control. Are we as law abiding US citizens to be "allowed" to have the right to keep & bear arms as protected by the 2nd Amendment, or are our Second Amendment rights to be infringed so that the government can lord over, control, supervise, and "take care" of us.

I believe we should all fight to keep our constitutional rights, and I will heavily oppose any politician who wishes to "lord over" me as evidenced by a record of voting in favor of adding new gun control laws. The last thing in the world I want is to wake up one morning to find Bill Clinton is the newest 1st Lady in the White House. Hillary Clinton has voted anti gun & anti 2nd Amendment in every single gun related vote that she has ever cast. No matter what, do NOT vote for Hillary Clinton or any of the other anti-gun candidates if you care one iota about our Bill of Rights & our freedoms that it protects.

No matter which candidate in which party you are planning to vote for, make sure to find out where he or she stands on the gun rights issue, and don't just take their word for it. Look at their voting record to confirm what they say. Do they want to leave guns in our own control where it belongs, or do they wish to take the control away from law abiding citizens & hand it over to the government in an effort to lord over, control, supervise, and "take care" of us.


Molten-Lava said...

Hand guns need to be outlawed outside of the home as far as I am concerned. Everyone has the right to protect their life when its being threaten. Problem is that it is very well known that hand guns are illegal in Texas so the robbers have nothing to fear. In Utah guns are being strapped on by the hundreds each day. When robbers go to the stores or banks today they know they must be extra careful because everyone in the stores or banks just might be packing and if so the robbers stand a good chance of being shot.

Unknown said...

If you outlaw hand guns, outlaws will still get and use them just look at California.They have alot of gun violence, the only people that suffer there are the people that follow the law

Heartland Patriot said...

@Time, My Only Friend:

"handguns are illegal in Texas"? Where did you get that idea from? There are MILLIONS of legally-owned handguns in Texas AND hundreds of thousands of concealed handgun license holders who carry regularly. I understand your post was written five years ago, but even then there were still tens of thousands of CHL holders. Whoever told you that, or wherever you read it, was simply wrong.

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Anonymous said...

Not long after the Luby's mass shooting I read and article that contained two profound statements that Dr. Suzanna Hupp made about being there during that horrific incident and loosing both her parent. That day she left her gun in the car because it made her parents nervous and because of the Texas restrictive gun laws at the time. Some how during the ensuing chaos one parent got separated from her and the other parent and she had to sit there helplessly and watch as that parent was killed in cold blood knowing her gun was so close but so far away. The thing that will stick with me for the rest of my life and the thing I always hear in the back of my mind about where my gun will be . . . that several times during those ungodly minutes that I can only imagine must have seemed to last a lifetime she remembered thinking about the fact . . . she had several clear shots she could have taken that would have saved her parents and countless other lives that day, but her gun was in the car and not where it should have been . . . with her.

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