Suzanna Gratia-Hupp was raised in central Texas, the middle of three children. Her father, Al, owned a heavy equipment store. Her mother, Ursula, was a homemaker. After getting a degree as a chiropractor in 1985, she moved to Houston. An assistant district attorney, who was a patient, suggested she carry a gun as self-defense in the big city.
On Saturday, October 16, 1991, Suzanna and her parents were having lunch at the Luby’s Cafeteria in Killeen, TX. She had left her handgun in her car to comply with Texas state law at the time which forbade carrying a concealed weapon.
While enjoying their family meal, George Hennard, an unemployed merchant seaman, drove his truck into the cafeteria, leaped out 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 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 has 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.
The following video of her testimony conveys a number of very important messages.
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