Skip to comments.Tonight's Show: Self-Defense With Guns (12am Eastern on FBN)
Posted on 06/24/2010 7:00:46 PM PDT by FreeKeys
June 24, 2010 07:09 PM UTC by John Stossel
It is nearly impossible to get a handgun for self-defense in my hometown of New York City. Here, if you want to keep a handgun in your home, you must pay $340 and fill out a 15- page application about why you want a handgun. It can be rejected for any reason. Want a realistic toy handgun? Banned. Want to carry a handgun on your person? Forget it.
Unfortunately, laws like that... kill people. No one knows that better than Suzanna Hupp, whose parents were murdered in a mass shooting at a Lubys restaurant in Texas. Here's what she told Congress:
This guy kept shooting... When I finally realized what was occurring I thought, "I got him!" And I reached for my purse. He was maybe twelve feet away...
But then I realized that a couple of months earlier I had made the stupidest decision of my life. I took my gun out of my purse and left it in my car. Because as you well know, in the state of Texas, it's sometimes a felony offense to carry a gun in your purse.
People in the restaurant tried to stop the shooting, but they were unarmed.
My father, at that point, said, "I've got to do something! He's going to kill everybody in here!" And he rushed the man.
No way. This guy turned and shot him in the chest. He went down; [he] was obviously mortally wounded...
When I saw what looked like an opportunity to escape, I turned around and I grabbed my mother by the shirt and I said, "Come on! Come on! We've got to run! We've got to get out of here!" And then my feet grew wings and I was out the back window. As soon as I got out, I realized that my mother had not followed me out... she had crawled over to where my father was and cradled him until the guy got back around to her, put the gun to her head, she looked up at him, put her head down and he pulled the trigger. My parents had just had their forty-seventh wedding anniversary. She wasn't going anywhere.
Remarkably, Suzanna is not angry at the murderer. She doesnt want tougher gun laws.
I'm not really mad at the guy that did this and I'm certainly not mad at the guns that did this. They didn't walk in there by themselves and pull their own triggers. The guy that did it was a lunatic. That's like being mad at a rabid dog.
I'm mad at my legislators for legislating me out of the right to protect myself and my family. I would much rather be sitting in jail with a felony offense on my head and have my parents alive.
Suzanna's story, which she tells in a new book, "From Lubys to the Legislature," helped get Texas to pass a law allowing citizens to pack heat.
Odds are, that law saved lives. Here is a graph, from More Guns, Less Crime, on the effect of concealed carry laws on mass shootings:
Giving citizens the right to carry concealed weapons is especially helpful in preventing mass shootings, because when there are many intended victims, it is likely that someone there will have a concealed weapon to stop the attack.
Tonight on my show, I interview Suzanna Hupp and others with gun self-defense stories.
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We don’t get Fox Biz News on Cable (we’re too cheap)...know of a good online TV method?
The Ruger LCP .380 auto with Crimson trace laser sight.
Under $400.00.Why would a woman leave home without it?
When seconds count, 911 help is minutes away.
And it’s made in Arizona. That’s a plus.
Yes, no accident that, I am thinking! Make ‘em where the market is strong. I got two of these little jewels coming down the ordnanace pike!
No, but there are clips you can watch at both
"Giving citizens the right to carry concealed weapons..."
What part of "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." do people not understand?
Great to see the Crimson Trace laser on it as well.
Kel Tec has a similar model called the P3AT. We picked up 4 of the units and put the Crimson Trace lasers on them. We fire them at least once each month, and keep them in appropriate places for quick use.
Lasers are great. We don’t aim - just place the red dot where we want the bullet to go.
380 ammo was a little scarce until a few months ago, but it is readily
Like you said: “The best little insurance carry today”
Very nice Dave, a panel on John Stossel’s show with John Lott. Well done.
Atta go Dave! Meet any media chickies? LOL.
The show will re-air Friday at 10pm EST; Saturday at 9pm and midnight EST; and Sunday at 10pm EST.
Double benefit of getting this firearm....its made in Prescott AZ.(LOOK, its stamped right into the gun) and it behooves us to support AZ as often as we can...
Most of the “people” do not understand, they are having this idea bred out of their lives like a disease...
And people like us who do understand what it means are being demonized by a cynical media, politicians, and gun-control groups, regardless of the positive stories being interjected every now and then to the unwashed masses...
We win a few battles, but the war is a never ending...
In the end, what people like us seem to lose focus on is the fact that if it ever came to giving them up, and possessing is made illegal...
Hehehe, I’ll still have my guns...And I am a very hard taskmaster!!!
Wanna live longer,, stay outa N.Y.!!!!
-better than average for the boob tube , although (unless I missed a rebuttal) Dennis Hennigan got away with repeating the lie about "criminals can get guns at at gunshows without background check, etc.,--"
Many are considering moving there.
Ruger Is doing its part.
Which one is you, Dave?
Scratch that, Dave. I looked at your About Page.
Well done, BTW.
Well, I’m happy they asked you to join the panel. If I had known you were going to be there, I would have probably turned the tv on—something I generally just don’t do..........
Shucks I might have woken up from my first nap for that.
Well, I think if a shooter's too determined to care about getting killed, he's too determined to care about breaking laws and he'll get a gun no matter how many laws are on the books.
But I guess my opinion is only worth 4/5 of a shooting victim's.
Here's the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X1VkkwIyOs
That is a nice firearm. I just decided 2 things - I need to spend more time on the firearms sites - and I thought my Walther PPK in that caliber was the bees knees.
The integral crimson trace makes this Ruger LCP .380 weapon deadly. You can put 3 rounds on target in a second, just put the red dot where you want it.