Gun Control Hurts People

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This is from JPFO.

This report will make the Brady Bunch and their ilk

piss their pants rage.

They may even have a stroke.


The Knox report by Jeff Knox, October 30th, 2013


We often hear gun control advocates say something like, “If it saves just one life, isn’t it worth it?” Well of course it is – if it doesn’t cost many more in the process. The reality is that gun control costs lives, while guns save lives. That’s why cops carry them.

Let’s do a little reality check:

1. Crime – including violent crime, and “gun crime” – is not going up, it has been going down pretty consistently across the country for at least 20 years.

2. Mass Murders and Rampage Killings are not happening with more frequency, nor are such events resulting in more deaths. The number of such events and the average deaths resulting from them has remained relatively level for decades.

3. There has been no rise in firearm accidents or unintentional injuries – among adults or children. Firearm-related accidents, deaths, and injuries have been steadily declining for decades thanks to increased safety awareness initiatives from the firearms and hunting communities.

4. All of these reductions in “gun crime,” reductions in firearm accidents, and statistical stability in mass murder events have been achieved while the number of firearms in public hands has more than doubled, and the number of individuals with firearms has gone up dramatically. Also during this time, firearm quality, reliability, durability, and capacity have been going up, as have the number of people able to lawfully carry firearms for self-defense.

The most conservative studies suggest that, at a minimum, for every crime with a gun, someone uses a gun to defend themselves or others from violent assault. Other reputable studies place defensive firearm use much higher, more than five times more frequent than offensive use – up to 2.5 million defensive uses per year. Usually defenders don’t have to shoot; just showing the gun is enough to stop the attack. These events often go unreported.

At a minimum, the best that even the most draconian of gun laws could hope to accomplish would be about a 50% INCREASE in violent crime, but possibly as much as a 250% Increase, and no decrease in mass murders or suicides. Those are conservative estimates on my part, but regardless of the actual numbers, the reality is that if guns were more strictly controlled, perhaps some individuals might be saved, but overall, many more people would die.

The other seriously detrimental result of gun control laws is that they inevitably result in prosecutions of people who are not harming anyone. Innocents whose only crimes are violation of some arcane aspect of a gun control law. These prosecutions are often devastating, costing jobs, marriages, families, and sometimes lives.

It is impossible to say exactly what would have happened had gun control laws not been in place, but there are some pretty startling examples of what did happen thanks to gun control.

In 2009, 69-year old Mary Shepard was working in a church office in Anna, Illinois when a 6’4″ 240 pound convicted felon came in and violently assaulted her and an 83-year old coworker, Leona Mount. Shepard is an experienced shooter, trained in defensive firearm carry, and was licensed to carry a concealed firearm in over 30 states. Unfortunately her licenses and training were not recognized in her home state of Illinois and Shepard was not able to be legally armed on the day that she and her coworker were attacked, beaten, and left for dead.

Gun Control Laws Disarmed Church Treasurer Mary Shepard
She was trained and licensed to carry a gun in over 30 states,
but not Illinois. It was a miracle that she and her 83-year old
coworker survived the attack of an “unarmed” 6’4″ 240lb felon.

In 1991, Knox family friend Suzanna Hupp was having lunch with her parents when a deranged security guard drove his truck through the front of the restaurant and began shooting people. Suzanna’s father turned over the table to provide some cover and Suzanna, seeing the murderer’s back was toward them for the moment, reached for her purse to retrieve the gun she normally carried. She was sure she could effectively stop the assault before more people were hurt. Then she remembered that her gun wasn’t in her purse. Concealed carry was illegal at that time in Texas, and Suzanna had decided that the risk of breaking the law was greater than the risk of not having the gun. She was wrong. Twenty three people, including both of Suzanna’s parents, were killed. Suzanna went on to spend a decade in the Texas legislature fighting for legal defensive carry, which she eventually won. That victory was small consolation for not having the gun when she needed it.

(JPFO addition – you can see two video’s of Suzanna Hupp testifying to Congress on this JPFO page)

There are numerous stories like these, and just as many of people who have been injured by zealous enforcement of gun laws: The nurse who was arrested at Albany airport when she presented her unloaded, locked-up handgun for legal transport in her checked baggage. The fellow who pulled into a parking lot to catch some sleep in the wee hours of the morning while moving from Maine to Texas and was arrested on felony charges because he had stopped in New Jersey rather than driving for another 20 minutes to stop in Pennsylvania.

In an outrageous recent example, a financial consultant was arrested for possessing a dud shotgun shell and a fired shell from a rifle in his DC home. A SWAT team raided his home, drug his 16-year old son naked from the shower, and held his family at gunpoint while they searched for the “dangerous contraband.” The man is now facing felony charges with the possibility of several years in prison, based solely on his possession of “ammunition or ammunition components,” even though he had no guns in the city.

Gun control laws are expensive, ineffective, and they cost lives. Even seemingly harmless, “common sense” laws can ensnare the innocent and destroy their lives. On the other hand, guns in the hands of responsible citizens save lives and make criminals think twice before going after someone who seems vulnerable.

Next time you hear someone say, “If it saves only one life,” remember that gun control doesn’t save lives, it costs lives. Guns in the hands of responsible citizens save lives.




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This is from The Blaze.

This story was not very widely covered by the media.

it did not fit the gun grabber agenda.


Dr. Suzanna Hupp became a case study in gun control after testifying in front of Congress as a survivor of the 1991 “Luby” massacre in Texas where both of her parents were killed.  On Monday, more than a decade later, she spoke once more on the issue, examining it through the lens of the debate currently gripping the nation.

During her first appearance, Hupp explained how a friend had given her a gun when she was 21 and, though she doesn’t like guns or hunting, she agreed to get some training and carry it in her purse.

Not long after, a man crashed his car into a restaurant where she was eating with her family and started shooting people.

“It took me a good 45 seconds to realize that this man wasn’t there to commit a robbery,” she said. “He was there to simply shoot as many people as he possibly could.”

“When I finally realized what was occurring, I thought, ‘I got him,” she said, snapping her hand.  “And I reached for my purse.  He was maybe 12 feet away…But then I realized 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.”

She proceeded to describe how her father was shot trying to rush the man, and how she tried to escape with her mother.  When she turned around, she saw that her mother had run back to be with her father in his final moments, and was soon shot as well.

Here is video of her original testimony, which is well worth the watch:

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.”


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