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    You should read the account of the Luby\'s massacre that Dr. Susan Gratia has given. She was there. Her parents died. Her legally owned handgun was in her vehicle because it was against the law for her to carry it into the restaurant.

    The following is transcribed from oral testimony before the Missouri legislature:

    \"Somewhere along the line I made one of my stupidest decisions... I was afraid that ...if ...somebody caught me with the gun in my purse, I could lose my license to practice, lose my ability to make a living. So I took the gun out of my purse and I left it in my car ...which the laws in my state are kinda wishy- washy on ...and I thought, \'Heck, if I needed it, it\'s probably going to be when I\'m out on the road ...in the middle of nowhere and, you know, my car\'s broke down or something ...\"

    \"Everybody in here knows, I think, what happened in Luby\'s .. but, in a nutshell ...uh ...ya know, we all think ...and I know you do ...(indicating a committee member), we all think that crime happens when you\'re walking down a dark alley... I\'ve never been involved in any crimes ...that\'s never happened in my life ... I was with my parents...AT NOON, on a bright sunny day, in Luby\'s, with a hundred and forty other people, OK. In a town that\'s not a high crime town.\"

    \"This guy .... drives through the window .... and starts shooting ...This guy has got no history ...nothing.\" \"Well, my father and I immediately put the table up in front of us and we all got down behind it, and I ...ya know your first opinion is ...is this guy robbing this place ...what\'s the deal ...what\'s ...what\'s going on, and then you\'re realizing that all he\'s doing is simply shooting people.\"

    \"As he was working his way toward us, I reached for my purse, thinking ...Hah! ...I\'ve got this son of a gun ...OK? Now, understand, I know what a lot of people think, ...they think, ... \'Oh, my God, then you would have had a gunfight and then more people would have been killed.'Unhunh, no, ...I was down on the floor ...this guy is standing up ...everybody else is down on the floor ...I had a perfect shot at him ...it would have been clear, I had a place to prop my hand ...the guy was not even aware of what we were doing ...I\'m not saying that I could have saved anybody in there, but I would have had a chance ...that\'s all I\'m saying is that I would have had a chance ...\" \"My gun wasn\'t even in my purse ...it was a hundred feet away in my car!\"

    \"My father was saying, \'I gotta do something!, I gotta do something! This guy\'s going to kill everyone in here!'So I wasn\'t able to hold him down and when my father thought he had a chance ...he went at the guy! The guy turned, shot him in the chest and my dad went down.\"

    \"Shortly ...it made the guy change directions and he went off to my left. Shortly after that somebody broke out a window in back and I saw a chance to get out ...I grabbed my mother and tried to get her up ...hoped she was following me ...and I grew wings on my feet. As it turned out, my mother crawled over to my father and stayed with him ...and this ...I\'m trying to think of a civil word to use ...this person ...uh ...eventually came around and shot her also ...OK\"

    \"Let me make a point here, in case this isn\'t becoming extremely clear. My state has gun control laws. It did not keep Hennard from coming in and killing everybody! What it did do, was keep me from protecting my family! That\'s the only thing that cotton pickin'law did! OK! Understand that! That\'s ...that\'s so important!\"

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