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One Woman's Fight Against Gun Control
« on: January 08, 2013, 10:08:42 am »

From Luby's to the Legislature ~ One Woman's Fight Against Gun Control

Few people’s life stories matter much for public policy debates, but the horrible tragedy Suzanna Hupp endured at the Luby’s Cafeteria in 1991 is something no one should have to face. Suzanna has spent a lot of her life trying to prevent that tragedy from happening to others. That event led her to be a nationally recognized speaker and to a position in the Texas state legislature. Suzanna’s eloquence and drive that is so apparent on the pages of this book explain why she has made such a difference in the national debate over gun ownership.

John R. Lott, Jr., author of The Bias Against Guns and More Guns Less Crime.
The mass shooting at Luby’s Cafeteria in Central Texas made news around the world and turned an unknown chiropractor into a national champion for the right of ordinary citizens to carry guns for self-defense.

Suzanna Gratia Hupp, then 32, was having lunch with her parents at the restaurant in Killeen on the infamous day in October 1991 when a man crashed his pickup through a window of Luby’s Cafeteria and began a shooting rampage. The gunman took the lives of her mother and father, as well as 22 other people, including himself.

No one was interviewed more about that shooting than Suzanna. She became an icon for gun rights and the Second Amendment because she did not shy away from telling the news media what they did not expect hear. She did not blame the shooter and she did not blame guns. She blamed politicians who had legislated away her right to carry a gun to protect herself and her family.

No one has had more to do with passing the rash of state concealed-carry laws that swept the country in the 1990s allowing ordinary law-abiding citizens to carry handguns for self-defense. She has told her story to the national media and has testified before Congress and numerous state legislatures. She served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature. Now she has put it all down in a memoir entitled From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against Gun Control.

Hupp recounts how guns have affected her life, from playing with cap guns with her brother to filing bills in the Texas Legislature to allow students with concealed carry licenses to pack guns on college campuses. The latter has become a hot topic following the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech.

She narrates what happened on October 16, 1991 at the Luby’s Cafeteria and discloses how it affected her and her family. She recalls making “the stupidest decision” of her life when she decided several months before the shooting to stop carrying a revolver in her purse in case she was caught and lost her chiropractor’s license.

Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp on The Second Amendment