Despite the abject failure of existing laws to keep guns out of the hands of someone who was clearly mentally unstable, many people are reacting to Sunday’s shooting by calling for more laws to disarm law-abiding citizens, not even recognizing the irony that they would put everyone into the same position as James Shaw Jr. and the other unarmed Waffle House customers.

It’s especially dumbfounding considering that Sunday’s tragedy is nearly an exact repeat of a notorious mass shooting in Killeen, Texas. On October 16, 1991, George Hennard entered a crowded Luby’s Cafeteria and began methodically shooting the customers. By the time police finally arrived and Hennard committed suicide, he had killed 23 people and wounded 27 others. "Assault weapon" laws were irrelevant: he had two pistols and repeatedly reloaded. What mattered was that all the customers were unarmed because people could not carry their legally-owned firearms inside.

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One of the victims was a woman named Suzanna Huff. She survived, but both her parents were murdered before her eyes. All the while, she was thinking that she had a pistol for self-defense, but she’d left it in her car for fear she’d lose her chiropractor’s license if she was caught carrying it (you see, such laws prevent law-abiding people from being armed, not criminals, who by definition do not obey gun laws). She kept thinking that she could have stopped him and saved her parents and all those other people, but her gun was 100 feet away, and it might as well have been on the other side of the world. I’ve talked with her personally, and I could see that the pain and recriminations she felt during that horrific experience still haunt her to this day.

Afterward, Huff also became an activist for changing Texas gun laws, and she succeeded. But not in the current, politically-correct, logically-incorrect way. Thanks to her, an existing move to pass gun control laws that would have hampered innocent people from defending themselves was halted. Instead, Texas passed its concealed carry law, a movement that’s now spread to all 50 states, although some states make it so hard to obtain a permit that it’s virtually meaningless. However, anyone in Texas who wants to launch an attack has to consider that someone might be able to shoot back – which is why such attacks only seem to happen in “gun-free zones.”

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The Luby’s massacre is hardly the only example of how blanket anti-gun laws only disarm the law-abiding. Last week, former President Obama wrote an op-ed for Time magazine promoting more gun control laws, and predictably trying to blame gun violence on the NRA and other defenders of the right to self-protection (he apparently still hasn’t talked to any actual gun owners since his infamous slander about racist Americans “clinging” to their guns and religion, nor spotted the irony in claiming guns don’t make you safer when he’s been protected by armed Secret Service agents for over a decade.)

That op-ed sparked a powerful response from Nikki Goeser. In 2009, she had a gun permit because she’d been threatened by a stalker. But she and her husband Ben were in a designated “gun-free zone,” so she left her gun in her vehicle. Not coincidentally, that’s when her stalker appeared and murdered her husband.

Goeser’s message to Obama, in part: “I followed that law, but my stalker did not…Despite this horrific experience, I never blamed the object that was used by an evil man to kill my husband…I didn't blame guns. I blame the murderer and those lawmakers who thought a 'gun-free zone' would keep us safe. All it did was prevent me from defending us.”

You can read her full story at the link. If the media want us to listen to victims of shooters in making gun laws, then let’s listen to all of them, not just the ones who agree with a particular preconceived agenda.




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  • Randy Butler

    04/25/2018 04:45 PM

    Governor Top Five MOST UNSAFE Places in America....(1) Southern Border (2) South Side of Chicago (3) Gun Free Zones (4) Gun Free Zones (5) Gun Free Zones. Why would anyone in their right mind go to a GUN FREE ZONE! These places are GREEN LIGHT GO for any Criminal.


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  • Ventura chavez

    04/25/2018 11:20 AM

    Your commentaries are powerful and very informative. It is unrealistic that government is able to protect all people. An average call to police takes a long time for officers to respond and when they do they have a policy to follow. People are not cattle. We are wise and responsible as a majority. Flawless never, no human is. Yet there are several political officials who think they are above everyone else. Those who believe they are worthy of the best protection while the average citizen is vulnerable and totally dependant on a few law agencies to handle every idiot out in society who commit evil acts of violence against law abiding citizens of this nation. These self righteous politicians are on a mission to strip our Christian faith and God given rights, in order to have total control and dominance over every soul in society. These politicians should be banned. Term limits and boundaries should be set in place to prevent thier over reach of the laws that are in place. They abuse thier power. Every nation that has disarmed its citizens has abused its citizens. History tells the truth. So we are only going to survive and thrive and stay alive and free by the truth. And the truth shall set us free. Freedom isn't free. Jesus laid down his life for our souls to have liberty through him. And many soldiers and citizens died for us to have and keep liberty in America.. This nation is framed by the principles of God almighty himself. The God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob. And every nation that turns against God is turned to Hell. Say (Hell) No. Stand up America. Be heard. Be silent no more. Fight for what is right. Fight for good. For God And country. For liberty and true Justice for all. God speed.

  • Leonard Lugo

    04/25/2018 10:35 AM

    Ms. Nikki is absolutely correct! I appreciate her firm stand! Sadly, she lost her precious husband because some stupid fool law maker (s) who passed that, leaving them defenceless! I stand with you Nikki! Have a blessed day in Christ.

  • Randy Butler

    04/25/2018 10:20 AM

    Governor you are right as usual. The SECOND AMENDMENT is still valid today 231 years later. Do we need a militia, well most states have National Guard Units, BUT do we need personal protection, YOU BET WE DO. Walking on the streets of the SOUTH SIDE OF CHICAGO with Barack Obama, today 231 years ago would have required the same PERSONAL PROTECTION as you need today. Thank GOD for our Founding Fathers who recognized the individual needed some form of personal protection.

  • Kimberly J Pickard

    04/25/2018 12:54 AM

    Thank you for sharing these sad stories. While I have heard this logic before , reading about these actual accounts of individuals who would have been able to protect their loved ones had they been able to have their legally owned gun with them puts a dose of reality into the argument and evokes a heartfelt response to protect the rights of law abiding gun owners . May God comfort them. Though it is sad to read this I do thank you for sharing . It helps make the argument that having gun free zones may not be beneficial for law abiding citizens and thus is not the answer when considering legislation to combat gun violence .

  • Rodney Burke

    04/25/2018 12:29 AM

    Yeah, you wanna hear about morons? We HaVE concealed carry in Texas. But NOT in buildings on UT system campuses. We can carry outside the building but not inside. Can't carry in VA clinics and God only knows where else. License to carry is useless if we can't carry it everywhere!

  • Candice Bartley

    04/24/2018 11:11 PM

    Mike, As usual you are absolutely right. "When guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns."
    Keep fighting the good fight.
    God Bless,

  • Firewagon

    04/24/2018 04:46 PM

    Ahh, my hero, Dr. Susanna Gratia Hupp! At every opportunity, I post the link to her testimony before congress, after the murder of her parents at that cafeteria.

    A couple rabbits to chase here, Gov. When I retired from my career in the Marine Corps, I applied for a CCW license. At that time, it cost $15 in my state. The Probate Judge issuing my permit, was fairly dismissive about why I would want one, as the places you were authorized to carry were so restricted even with that license. Years later, and several "minor" changes in our state's gun laws opened a few more places you could carry a weapon, still overly restricted! BIG change; however, is that $15 fee has exploded to over $80 to RENEW. Though I "may(??)" continue to pay for my "right to bear" arms, I refuse to voice the same lament as that of my aforementioned hero! My personal credo goes something like this: I will obey no man-made law that would deny me my "God Given" right to self-defense, of myself, mine, or others, by ANY appropriate means, ANYWHERE, that dastardly 2nd Amendment is appreciated, but NOT required.

    Here is Dr. Hupp's testimony, pay close attention to who/whom she places blame for her parent's deaths:

  • Mike Smith

    04/24/2018 04:02 PM

    Mike, I've got a problem with your introductory statement. "Laws" do NOT prevent anything. People have to agree to abide by those laws and Law Enforcement Officials MUST perform their duties under those laws. It was the FAILURE of individuals to perform the sworn duties that caused these tragedies, while they were operating under undue influence of others and by their own neglect. Blaming the law for failure is a poor excuse.
    Otherwise, thanks again for your articles. Even when not enlightening, they are certainly educational (and well written!)

  • David Bevil

    04/24/2018 03:54 PM

    I've made this same old tired comment so often but here I go again: I am old, ok, it is THE CULTURE that is the problem. When I was in high school and college during hunting season there were few if any vehicles in the parking lots that DID NOT have firearms in them. Gun racks with firearms in them were common, There were no mass shootings. We have generations of children raising themselves while watching violent video games, a "do anything you want " society, and an impotent legal system what is to be expected? An inanimate object cannot kill anything it just makes for another convenient excuse for we as adults failing to do our jobs, again.

  • Norman W. Andrews

    04/24/2018 03:25 PM

    Perhaps, in light of the recent killing of several people in Ontario, we should outlaw automobiles, particularly vans.

  • Carl DeWhitt

    04/24/2018 02:48 PM

    What the control advocates do not want to admit is that, even if they succeeded in disarming law abiding American citizens, outlaws do not care about the law and they will get their hands on stolen or smuggled guns.Even if they do not get guns,they will find another way to kill people if they want to kill someone bad enough.People have used ammonia nitrate fertilizer,trucks and cars,airplanes,etc. to kill large numbers of people in the last 25 years.

  • Cathy Wentz

    04/24/2018 01:56 PM

    Yes, this is so true! When you think about it, the people who came to the defense of the people being shot at in the Sutherland Springs shooting in Texas were legal gun owners, and they chased the shooter away from the church with their guns. Sadly, they did not get there until many people had already been injured or killed.

    You also made a good point when you said that criminals do not obey gun laws - law-abiding citizens do, which puts them at risk in a shooting incident.


    04/24/2018 01:56 PM

    Responsible owners of guns need to be free to carry their guns. Hopefully, someone will gather several stories like the ones posted and present them to some of the students who are protesting gun ownership. The sad reality in Florida was the human error at many levels. The problem has complicated solutions and is not as simple as the young people are presenting with their concerns. I applaud their energy and interest and think there is room for more study and factual material that will broaden the understanding of the many aspects of the problem. A.sant

  • Lynn Morgan

    04/24/2018 01:45 PM

    I am a gun nut, NRA life member, Vietnam Veteran of the Navy. I own guns that will never hurt anyone, unless they are used for defense. My Mom and Dad were Femocrat and would never even think of voting for a Republican. I on the other hand have a hard time voting for any one that is against the Bible or the Constitution or life, the way I see it if you take any one of these you take all, I can't live like that. Don't give up I will always vote for you as long as you work for God.

  • Dick McMains

    04/24/2018 01:39 PM

    And you may recall Susan Hupp was meeting her parent's at Luby's when she locked her gun in her car trunk as Luby's was a "gun-free" zone.

  • Stephen Russell

    04/24/2018 01:31 PM

    Leftist Media wont Hear the Victims OUT. Since Columbine to date
    & No after scene photos of shooting scenes IE bodies removed but show floor & wall, window damages alone.
    Cover up
    OR "engineered" shoot outs.
    Then whose planning these nationwide "shootings" in schools?
    IF hiring actors, how then??
    Is local Police or state police involved?
    OR plain Censorship?

  • Ken Renter Sr

    04/24/2018 01:31 PM

    Mike I agree on most all of your comments but this one I must comment on. I am a retired policeman and I went to college while I was on the department and I must say some of the instruction was very anti AMERICAN to me. I know the state has a a large college budget but what bothered me the most was when I heard that the state get a lot of money from other countries to build building with the agreement they can supply instructors who teach the other countries beliefs. I never finished my senior year. Thanks for you articales, like you I read them. ken

  • Rosalie Spaans

    04/24/2018 01:26 PM

    I agree with you completely, Governor. Taking guns away will only increase crime!

  • William Schlumpf

    04/24/2018 01:05 PM

    Thank you Mike, for your logical response to the political hysteria aimed at the second amendment. God bless you.

  • Dolores

    04/24/2018 12:59 PM

    Once again I am stupefied by the irrationality of the Left. Why aren’t they calling for van control in light of all the vehicular slaughter we’re seeing lately?

  • Vickie Fiorentino

    04/24/2018 12:40 PM

    All these who wish to have the citizens striped of their constitutional 2nd amendment right, have body guards with assault weapons and can carry any weapon into any area. He hos has the power, whether it be fire power or governmental power, wins.

  • David Whetsell

    04/24/2018 12:09 PM

    Now a professor of criminology, Gary Kleck, has discovered that in 1996, 1997 and 1998 during the Clinton Administration, the CDC conducted its own research on DGU but never released the findings or even acknowledged they had studied the topic. Not only did CDC research find a high incidence of DGU — of 2.46 million a year — the annual number of defensive gun use is 3.6 times that of offensive gun use, which certainly reinforces the correctness of the Supreme Court’s 2008 ruling.

  • Mary Ann Hartzler

    04/24/2018 11:06 AM

    Gun free zones should be outlawed.

  • Jerry Nelson

    04/24/2018 10:26 AM

    Obama will never see the truth about gun control. He has been proven to be a muslim, so anything he can do to disarm us & turn this country into a muslim state, he is going to do. We have to continue to fight this way of thinking, & the best way to fight is at the polls. We have to have a conservative majority in Washington DC. People have to register & vote-plus do their homework on the candidates.

  • John Ritter, Jr

    04/24/2018 09:48 AM

    Great article, Governor. We on the right will most likely take it to heart. The left? (Hysterical laughter) !

  • Barbara Greene

    04/23/2018 10:29 PM

    I totally agree. Our Forefathers recognised the need for Americans being able to.protect themselves. The only thing that stops a criminal.with a gun is a good petson with a gun. These murderers will only think.twice if they think.others are armed
    These criminals are cowards and will.not put themselves in harm's way. This has been.proved time and time again..America needs our Constitution and Bill.of Rights now more than ever. America stand for your law ever written has stopped a violent crime with a weapon. ONLY ANOTHER MAN WITH A WEAPON CAN STOP A VIOLENT CRIME.