I took a nap earlier, and after I woke up, I sort of just lay there for a while, and I started thinking about all the mass shootings we’ve had. I know there have been so many it would be hard to count, but for me, the first one that really sticks in my consciousness was the Luby’s shooting in Killeen, TX. That was the first big one I really remember, in part because I was on active duty, and so many of my buddies had served at Ft. Hood. At any rate, I went to the wikipedia entry for the Luby’s massacre, and this caught my eye:
In response to the massacre, the Texas Legislature in 1995 passed a shall-issue gun law, which requires that all qualifying applicants be issued a Concealed Handgun License (the state’s required permit to carry concealed weapons), removing the personal discretion of the issuing authority to deny such licenses. To qualify for a license, one must be free-and-clear of crimes, attend a minimum 10-hour class taught by a state-certified instructor, pass a 50-question test, show proficiency in a 50-round shooting test, and pass two background tests, one shallow and one deep. The license costs $240 to $290, depending on the added instructor’s fee.
The law had been campaigned for by Dr. Suzanna Hupp, who was present at the time of the massacre where both of her parents were shot and killed. She later expressed regret for obeying the law by leaving her firearm in her car rather than keeping it on her person due to the fact that it could have cost her her chiropractic license. She testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996. The law was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush.
More guns always fixes everything.