In 1991, in the town of Killeen, Texas, a young woman and her parents were sitting in a restaurant eating a meal when suddenly a man with a gun began firing on patrons.
One after the other the assassin methodically and deliberately executed people while this young woman was forced to sit and watch her parents killed before her eyes.
A medal-winning pistol shooter, she later remembered that on five separate occasions she could have stopped the gunman with one shot to the head, quite safely with not another soul in her line of fire.
What stopped her from doing so?
While the carnage ensued, she could only look out at the family car where her pistol was locked in the glove-compartment, in compliance with the Texas law of 1897 which forbade the carrying of side arms in a public place.
Since the Killeen massacre the Texas legislature, via C.I.R.has reversed the 1897 statute. In 1995, citing the young woman's experience, they made the necessary changes to the law to permit the carrying of handguns.
The Texas legislature resolved that "never again will we leave our people defenseless in the face of a maniac." Therefore, whatever measure they adopted the emphasis would necessarily be on defense.
Would it not be wise for other state legislatures, and national governments to examine the Texas law and so devise measures that would enhance the defense and security of the individual and the nation?
Australia, INSTEAD, has A GOVERNMENT THAT WANTS TO RENDER Australians EVEN MORE DEFENSELESS.