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Gun rights advocates see social benefits
Houston Chronicle ^ | September 8, 2012

Posted on 09/09/2012 10:06:23 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

WASHINGTON - In the wake of mass shootings this summer, a fusillade of a different sort erupted when gun rights advocates suggested a good Samaritan with a concealed weapon might have saved the day.

After gunman James Holmes opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colo., theater, killing 12 and wounding 58, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, wondered whether an armed movie patron "could have stopped this guy more quickly."

In a subsequent interview, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a staunch gun-control advocate, called Gohmert's view "nonsensical."

This rather typical exchange is a measure of how far the gun debate has come since the days when it centered on the simple premise that firearms ownership is a Second Amendment right.

Now, in the aftermath of research suggesting state concealed-carry laws help reduce crime, pro-gun advocates have a new mantra: Gun ownership is not only a constitutional right, it's socially beneficial.

Armed lawmakers

In Texas, this view has become as integral a part of the state's heritage as longhorns, cowboy boots and chili.

"You cannot name a mass shooting in this country that has occurred in a place where guns were allowed," said former Texas legislator Suzanna Hupp, noting the Aurora theater prohibited customers carrying guns.

Hupp lost her parents in the 1991 Luby's cafeteria massacre in Killeen, Texas, in which 23 died.............

(Excerpt) Read more at chron.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News
KEYWORDS: 2ndamendment; bang; deterrent; gun; gunrights; protection

1 posted on 09/09/2012 10:06:25 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
After gunman James Holmes opened fire in a crowded Aurora, Colo., theater,

The Houston Chronicle seems
to have tried and convicted James.

Leftists always believe in
Guilty until proven innocent.


2 posted on 09/09/2012 10:21:09 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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To: UriÂ’el-2012

Leftists always believe in
Guilty until proven innocent.

Unless, of course, you are Muslim.

(Fort Hood shooter comes to mind)


3 posted on 09/09/2012 10:55:37 AM PDT by sawmill trash (Gun control is like trying to solve drunk driving by making it harder for sober people to own cars.)
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To: sawmill trash
But that is workplace violence. /s

Sounded like TERRORISM to me.


4 posted on 09/09/2012 11:19:17 AM PDT by Uri’el-2012 (Psalm 119:174 I long for Your salvation, YHvH, Your teaching is my delight.)
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