A Nurse with a Gun

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Thanks for the Memories

Denny's Duckwalk It happened again between San Francisco and Los Angeles. In Pismo Beach California, a mad man armed himself with two handguns, entered a Denny's restaurant and began taking lives. He managed to kill two people and shoot two others in the butt before barricading himself inside the restaurant. Lawrence E. Woods, 60, eventually ended the stand off by taking his own life.
"For 64 year old Frank Velasquez and his 5 year old great-grandchild, it was supposed to be a special day. They were going to have lunch together. Seeing his grandchildren made the Army veteran happy.

The pair walked into the Denny’s restaurant off Five Cities Drive and Fourth Street in Pismo Beach shortly after noon. Velasquez’s wife, LaVina, 72, was with them. It was familiar territory. Velasquez ate at the restaurant at least twice a week. "That was one of his favorite restaurants," said his granddaughter, Crystal Tanner, 27, of Santa Maria. "Today was their special day."

Minutes later, LaVina and their great-grandchild watched in horror as Velasquez was gunned down by a man who walked inside and began shooting."

Frank Velasquez was murdered in front of his grandchild. It will be a memory that will likely shape that child's life forever.

Oppressive gun laws in California did not prevent this horror. Oppressive gun laws in California aided and abetted this horror. A single person with a concealed handgun and the willingness to use it could have prevented this tragedy. If Mr. Velasquez, a law abiding veteran of the US Army, had been allowed to carry a firearm under his clothing, the outcome in Denny's would have been different. His beloved grandchild would not carry a horrible memory of his death; a child would still have a grandfather. Perhaps more lives would have been saved. This memory was brought to a child in part by a delusional attempt at preventing violence by controlling the means to quell violence.

Who do we have to thank for these memories?

That's right Dianne, step up and take credit.



Blogger Nick said...

And of course, San Francisco is the same city that overwelminglly voted to ban military recruiters from public, and therefore, federally funded colleges.

6:56 AM  
Anonymous kbyrd said...

Ummm, what?
Pismo Beach (where the shooting happened) is sorta halway between San Francisco and Los Angeles, roughly 3-4 hours from each depending on exactly where you're starting.

Sure, the San Francisco recruiter ban (and handgun ban) is lame but really has nothing to do with this story.

7:32 AM  
Blogger Nate said...

And my spousal unit, who is completely hoplophobic, wonders why I carry 100% of the time when outside my house.

7:55 AM  
Blogger Ben said...

It's so simple. We are responsible for protecting ourselves. The police certainly are not responsible, even though they look all military-like and have big guns. They are pretty ineffectual in cases like this. So when our "leaders" deny us the tools for self-defense, they are directly responsible for the consequences. If my feeble mind can figure this out, why can't the people who keep voting for Feinstein and her ilk get a clue?

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think I live in Nevada? Born and raised in California and now I wont go visit without one heck of a good reason.


5:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


When you get a chance, take a look at gun guys.com (I'm sure you know of them) I'd like to see you and Mike have a spirited discussion!

I enjoy reading your blog....Thanks for all the good work.

Kesserman (of TFL)

8:54 PM  

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