This Book Could Save Your Life
The new Sixth Edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual is due out in mid April 2011. It contains more than 500 pages and is packed with advice and information for anyone who carries a concealed handgun for protection or is thinking of doing so. The book includes many actual incidents of ordinary citizens using handguns to defend themselves against criminal threat or attack.
- Find out why Joe Zamudio in Tucson and Jeanne Assam in Colorado Springs ran to the sound of gunfire.
- How did grandmother Sylvia Hall and Old Betsy foil an attempted home invasion?
- Ralph Williams knew what to expect after he shot an attacker because he had read an earlier edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual.
You will learn:
- Methods of carrying a handgun and how to draw it from concealment.
- The advantages and disadvantages of laser sights.
- How to avoid trouble and stay safe.
- The legal, physical, and psychological effects of dropping the hammer on another human being.
The reciprocity information in the last chapter has been completely revised and updated. Read about changes in state concealed-carry laws, including how you now don’t need a license to carry concealed in Arizona or, if you are a resident, in Wyoming.
Shooting Changes Chiropractor’s Life
The mass shooting at Luby’s Cafeteria in Central Texas made
news around the world and turned an unknown chiropractor into a national
champion for the right of ordinary citizens to carry guns for self-defense.
Suzanna Gratia, then 32, was having lunch with her parents at the
restaurant in Killeen that day in October 1991 when a man crashed
his pickup through a window and began shooting people. When the shooting
stopped, her mother and father were dead along with 22 other people,
including the shooter.
No one was interviewed more about that shooting than Suzanna Gratia
Hupp (her married name). She became an icon for gun rights and the
Second Amendment because she was not afraid to be interviewed by
the news media and because she told them what they did not expect
hear. She did not blame the shooter – how can you blame a rabid
dog? – and she did not blame guns. She blamed politicians who
had legislated away her right to carry a gun to protect herself and
No one has had more to do with passing the rash of state concealed-carry
laws that swept the country in the 1990s allowing ordinary law-abiding
citizens to carry handguns for self-defense. She has told her story
to the national media and has testified before Congress and numerous
state legislatures. She served for 10 years in the Texas Legislature.
Now she has put it all down in a memoir entitled From
Luby’s to the Legislature: One Woman’s Fight Against
Hupp recounts how guns have affected her life – from playing
with cap guns with her brother to filing bills in the Texas Legislature
to allow students with concealed carry licenses to pack guns on college
campuses. The latter has become a hot topic following the shootings
at Virginia Tech.
She tells what happened on October 16, 1991 at the Luby’s
Cafeteria and how it affected her and her family. She recalls making “the
stupidest decision” of her life when she decided several months
before the shooting to stop carrying a revolver in her purse in case
she was caught and lost her chiropractor’s license. That decision
left her unarmed at the time she most needed her gun.
Effective Self-Defense with a Gun
One of the best-kept secrets in the United States is how often and
how effectively ordinary citizens defend themselves with firearms
against criminal attack or criminal threat. Criminologists estimate
that each year about 2.5 million ordinary people in the U.S. use
firearms in confrontations with criminals. In the vast majority of
cases, not a shot is fired, and frequently the incidents are not
reported to the police.
“The bias of the mainstream media against portraying guns
in a positive light results in these incidents remaining below the
public’s radar,” said author Chris Bird. Thank
God I Had a Gun: True Accounts of Self-Defense lifts
the veil surrounding the defensive uses of guns by recounting in
detail fourteen of these incidents. The Foreword was
written by Suzanna Gratia Hupp, former Texas State Representative,
Privateer Publications is a publishing house in
San Antonio, Texas, dedicated to providing responsible information
to those interested in firearms, shooting, and self defense. Author Chris
Bird is a director of the Texas
Concealed Handgun Association and teaches the training
course for the Texas Concealed Handgun License.