20 Year Anniversary of Luby’s Massacre

Today marks the 20 year anniversary of the infamous Luby’s Massacre. On October 16, 1991, George Hennard drove his pickup through the front window of the Luby’s restaurant in Killeen, Texas. Hennard got out of his truck and shot and killed 23 people and wounded another 20 before taking his own life.

The 1991 Luby’s Massacre marked a pivotal moment in the gun rights movement. At the time, Texas did not allow individuals to carry handguns, openly or concealed; however, people were allowed to keep their weapons in their vehicles. Suzanna Hupp was at the restaurant during the shooting and, despite having a handgun, chose to obey the law and kept it her vehicle while eating with her elderly parents. Defenseless, Hupp managed to escape with her life, but both of her parents were murdered by Hennard. Hennard was able to murder his defenseless victims one-by-one and even had several opportunities to reload and continue his killing spree until being cornered by police.

Later Suzanna Hupp became a member of the Texas House of Representatives and testified before congress about how the government prevented her from defending herself and her parents. Her powerful testimony helped the cause of gun rights and in 1995, Texas legislature passed concealed handgun laws allowing individuals to carry after being fingerprinted, passing state and FBI background checks, and going through a state-regulated CHL course.

Thank you Suzanna Hupp for your bravery and courage to speak up for our rights. May we all remember those who lost their lives on that fateful day. Remember when the government passes laws to restrict gun rights, it only affects the law-abiding citizens. And in the case of the Luby’s Massacre, it cost 23 people their lives.

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