A Dirty Harry-type with a .44 Magnum could have Prevented a lot of Mass Murders

Posted by PITHOCRATES - January 12th, 2013

Week in Review

Have you ever watched one of the many Friday the 13th movies?  What is a common scene in any of those movies?  Some person breaking down in tears just before Jason commits another plodding act of murder.  I say plodding because Jason typically kills one person than slowly moves on to another person.  People run away, scream, and cry but they never kill that plodding murderer.  If one person had a ‘Dirty Harry’ .44 magnum, the most powerful handgun ever made, that can blow a hole through a brick wall, they could have done a lot of damage to Jason and ended the movie franchise early.  Yes, he keeps coming back from the dead.  But a .44 magnum can “blow a man’s head clean off.”  And without a head to hear or see anything that would have been the end of that slow-moving, machete-wielding murderer.  Just one shot from a .44 magnum would have made the difference.  Especially considering that Jason didn’t use a gun to do his killing.  So shooting him would have been very, very easy.

These are just movies.  And we’re not supposed to use our common sense.  But there is a lesson to learn from these movies.  If people don’t fight back they often become victims.  Like in this real life incident (see Penn and Teller – Suzanna’s Gun Encounter Story uploaded to YouTube on 4/18/2007).

On Saturday, October 16, 1991, Suzanna Hupp and her parents were having lunch at the Luby’s in Killeen. She had left her handgun in her car to comply with Texas state law at the time which forbade carrying a concealed weapon. When George Hennard drove his truck into the cafeteria and opened fire on the patrons, Hupp instinctively reached into her purse for her weapon, but it was in her vehicle. Her father, Al, tried to rush Hennard and was shot in the chest. As the gunman reloaded, Hupp escaped through a broken window and believed that her mother, Ursula, was behind her. Instead she watched as Hennard killed her parents and twenty-one other persons. He also wounded some twenty others. As a survivor of the Luby’s massacre, Hupp testified across the country in support of concealed-handgun laws. She said that had there been a second chance to prevent the slaughter, she would have violated the Texas law and carried the handgun inside her purse into the restaurant.

In the video she says that the murderer calmly walked from person to person, took aim and executed people at point-blank range.  Killing 22 people.  22 helpless people.  As mass murderers prefer hurting people that can’t hurt them.  Had she taken her weapon into that cafeteria chances are fewer than 22 people would have died.  By either killing the murderer.  Causing the murderer to commit suicide the moment he saw someone that could hurt him (as is often the case in these mass shootings).  Or by making the murderer cower in fear in a puddle of his own urine until the police arrived.  But because no one could shoot back he just kept shooting.

Anti-gun people will say had she pulled a gun out and start shooting she would have just shot innocent bystanders.  Increasing the death toll.  For these anti-gun zealots would prefer people to just die like in a Friday the 13th movie.  Let them run, scream and cry.  But don’t let them fight back.  For if they do they may get other people killed besides themselves.  Maybe as many as 22 helpless people.

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