Letters to the Editor

Weapons have a place in bars and restaurants

The anti-Second Amendment bias of your newspaper has been evident for quite some time. However, the bloviating editorial on Feb. 16 deserves a rebuttal.

It began with an unsubstantiated fairy tale and from there moved to all kinds of conclusions that could not be substantiated.

This letter will begin with a true, verifiable account of a disastrous incident. On Oct. 16, 1991, George Hennard drove his truck into Luby's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, got out of the truck and summarily executed 23 patrons and injured 20 more. It took police about 15 minutes to reach the cafeteria and after the police shot Hennard a number of times, he turned his gun on himself and the massacre was over.

In 1995, the state of Texas passed a law similar to the law that has recently been passed in South Carolina. Suzanna Gratia Hupp, who was at Luby's with her parents on the day of the massacre and watched helplessly as her parents were murdered, was instrumental in getting the law passed.

Ms. Hupp had a permit to carry a weapon, had extensive training and was an excellent marksman, but had left her weapon locked in the car so as not to break the law. She could have saved many innocent lives that day.

I am thankful that South Carolina has been proactive in helping to prevent this type of incident.

Melvin Roy

Hilton Head Island