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JUST SAYING: "Ladies, if your boyfriend says he's afraid of guns, tell him you think it's time you both see other men."

01-06-2008: Question: What do you think about Gun Control?
Recently I heard someone say their idea of gun control was, "If you hold it with both hands and take careful aim, you might hit what you are aiming at".  I have to say that sums it up.

I guess it all starts with the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution which says, "A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed." There are many interpretations of this Amendment but I think the founding fathers knew what will happen if the Citizens did not have a way to protect themselves.  Note that they make a distinction between state and people.  Therefore, We the people have the right.

Why not let American citizens have and buy guns.  Let's face some simple commonly known points.

  • Gun Safety has to be the top concern when handling guns.  They can be very dangerous just like playing on the highway, driving a car, etc....  You have to be safe.
  • People kill people - guns do not kill people.  I have not heard of a gun walking and pointing itself and shooting someone.  Just like I have not heard of a pencil making spelling mistakes.  Do spoons really make people fat?
  • Bad people already have guns.  They are the ones that are going to use them in a bad way because ....wait for it....  they are bad people. :)
  • If everyone had a gun, then bad people would be less likely to get away with robbery, etc...  There would be more dead bad guys.
  • You get the point but send more points if you want.

Get a License: My view is that everyone who wants to buy a gun should be able to buy one.  That is if you are a law abiding citizen that is not a felon or a repeat offender that has been arrested for various reasons.  I think the 2nd Amendment is very clear and that should be our license to carry.  But there is a law that says we have to get a license, therefore, get a license.  If you cannot operate a gun safely, don't get a gun.  Anyway, I think that a Concealed Handgun license is the best way to go about having a gun - only because the law requires it.  You will learn the laws and safety in the class.  Even though I encourage everyone to get a Concealed Handgun License to obey the law, I repeat, I am against the need to have a license since our Second Amendment of the United States Constitution says we have a right to keep and bear arms.

Registration:   I am not really sure why registration is so important, except to have a record of the gun and bullet identity.  We have car registrations.  Some say it is to be able to confiscate guns at a later time.  If so, I am not for this at all.  The only way to collect all guns would be going door to door and searching everywhere.  I do not think this will ever happen in the United States.  Well, not in Texas anyway.  Texans love their guns more than most things.  Same goes with cars.

Practice:  Going to the gun range and shooting at a paper target is at least something.  The best thing to do is train like many professionals.  However,  for the regular Citizen I recommend joining a local International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) group - there is a local club near you.   IDPA is SAFE and FUN to do.  The targets are set up in scenario fashion so that you can practice practical situations.  IDPA is practical Shooting.  For Example:  You are in a restaurant, you have your Concealed Handgun License, and 4 armed gang-bangers come in to rob the place and start shooting.  What would you do?  Are you ready?  How is your aim?  IDPA teaches you to defend yourself in a logical manner and have fun doing it.  More to come....

Remember GUN SAFETY always!


A good reason to carry...  Suzanna Gratia-Hupp, whose parents were killed by an insane gunman while her gun was out in the car, gives very moving and bold testimony about the REAL reason for the second amendment: to protect our God-given right to keep and bear arms.  She was a great influence to get the concealed handgun license bill passed.  Watch their faces as she speaks. She understands the 2nd Amendment in a way that they never will.  Her parents were killed by a crazed gunman in Killeen, TX,  in October 1991 at Luby's.

 

At a US House hearing on Feb 12, 2013 at http://www.c-spanvideo.org/clip/4357959

 

Also, I had the privilege of meeting Suzanna Gratia-Hupp on June 16, 2010.  She was very nice and took the time to talk and answer questions. 


(In this photo:  Suzanna Gratia-Hupp and John Gorena)

 

Please buy Suzanna Gratia-Hupp's book.   The book is much more than the story of the Luby's massacre that occurred in October of 1991. It is also about the lessons her parents taught her. It is about her family and events that made her the women she is today, the importance of being able to protect yourself, and the ability to change the world to make it possible (and legal) to protect your family in all the places you live.  You can buy the book from this link:

 "From Luby's To The Legislature: One Woman's Fight Against Gun Control by Suzanna Gratia Hupp"


OTHER QUESTIONS ASKED BY READERS:

Q: Do you own a gun(s)?
A: I will not say how many I own if any or how many I have with me at any given time.

Q: Do you like people to have a concealed handgun license?
A: I think every law abiding citizen should have a Concealed Handgun with or without a license.  However, the law says you must have a license - a Concealed Handgun License (CHL)!  In the North Texas area, may I suggest www.TexasTopGun.com or www.txchl.us for CHL and training?  Let me repeat, "LAW ABIDING CITIZEN".  The world will be a much safer place.

Q: Do you have a CHL?
A: I will not say because it is concealed ;-).  I will not announce that I carry (or not).  You will never know - it is concealed.  OK, all jokes aside....  reading this page...  What do you think?

Q: How often do you practice?
A: My goal is to go practice every other weekend for at least three hours.  I recommend you join an IDPA club.  I really try to make it at least once a month.  I believe in constant practice:  safety, mechanics, proper target acquisition, handling, etc...  Just go to YouTube.com and search for IDPA videos.


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Ted Nugent discusses the 2nd Amendment with Evan Smith, host of the KLRU program TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS and editor of TEXAS MONTHLY magazine.  I think he sums it up very clearly.

 


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