Even the Latino neighborhoods from El Paso, Texas, are realizing they need to take action as every American citizen should with expressing their Second Amendment rights. Instructors from all around the area have taken note of a large number of people signing up for their gun training classes. They are willing to get certified to learn the safety of the firearms and to learn how to properly handle a firearm.
This is the biggest backfire on Democrats who are pushing to relinquish the Second Amendment rights. Every plan they have to take away our guns has only pushed more people toward them to defend themselves and their families. One lady, Guadalupe Segovia, took the class with her two children. She said she was married to a military man, and he was persuading her to take the course to obtain her concealed carry license. Segovia stated what most people are feeling in the neighborhood after the attack, “I’m still going to be scared, even carrying a weapon.” Everyone feels scared for their lives in those situations, but the chances are better to come out alive being prepared.
El Paso is mostly populated by Hispanics, and Michael McIntyre, who is the general manager at Gun Central, stated, his gun sales doubled over the past week. The Majority of gun sales were handguns, which are easily concealed. Gun Central is the host of the gun course and is the biggest gun shop in El Paso, Texas. McIntyre also stated this has never happened with any other mass shooting in the state of Texas.
McIntyre commented, “I have over 50 for this Saturday class and approximately the same amount for the Sunday class, and I normally have approximately seven. We had two people buy guns here who were actually in the Walmart on the day of the shooting. The other people are just saying, ‘Hey, you know I want to be able to protect myself in the event of something going on.’ This is not the last mass shooting we’re going to see.”
McIntyre teaches his students that even though a person has a weapon on them, they will not be able to fight back in a mass shooting like El Paso witnessed. Students are taught they must run for their lives first before firing off the pistol. Many will be running in their direction, and for safety reasons, it is best not to shoot because another innocent person can get hurt or killed by accident. The one holding the gun in self-defense also stands a high chance of getting trampled over in the crowds. Shooting back should be a last resort only if they are cornered and have no way out. McIntyre stated, “One out of a hundred is a fire, the other 99 will runoff.”
Segovia, who also has military training, stated nothing compares to what is needed to survive an active shooter situation. It is an incident where you can plan for it all you want to, but you never know what you will do in that kind of situation until you are placed in it. She wanted her family to get the training but also wants them to be comfortable with the gun. She said, “I’ve already told them, ‘Let’s go practice. Let’s go practice.’ It’s not just this one time that we have to keep coming to ranges, and so you can feel familiarized with a weapon and be OK with it.” She added, “I think weapons should be a privilege and for safety, not to go and kill people.”
On September first, gun regulations will be loosened in the state of Texas after Governor Greg Abbot signed nine bills into law, and it is backed by the NRA. Two of the nine laws will lift the ban on having guns in churches, and another will prohibit landlords from restricting firearms on their properties. Even the tenants have a right to defend themselves, and a Landlord cannot take away the Second Amendment right away from any person who chooses to rent. These laws came into effect for the reasons for the mass shootings at the Sante Fe High School not far from Houston in 2018 which killed ten, and the Sutherland Springs church shooting. The laws were also signed by the governor with the El Paso shooting in mind as well. Texas will overcome, but the best part is how it drove everyone to realize the meaning of the Second Amendment.