I’ve seen many and have a few favorites, but Rep. Suzanna Hupp explains it best:
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, controlled, supervised, and taken care of. — Rep. Suzanna Gratia Hupp (TX)
In case her name isn’t familiar to you, she’s the woman whose parents and 21 other people were killed in front of her in Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX, in 1991. Some 20 others were wounded. Ms. Hupp had a handgun, but it was in her car because Texas severely limited concealed carry in Texas at the time. After the massacre, she worked to pass “shall issue” concealed carry laws in Texas and around the country. She ran for and was elected to national office in 1996. She learned from the tragedy in Killeen and spent her life fighting against gun control. Ms. Hupp doesn’t want anyone to have to be a helpless victim of a violent predator like the 43 people were that day in the gun-free zone of Luby’s Cafeteria.
Unfortunately, as the Columbine, Virginia Tech, Ft. Hood, and other massacres demonstrate, we have yet to learn the lesson. Gun-free zones = open kill zones for deranged predators. How many more have to die before we learn that lesson?