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Page 2A + NEWS Hays Free Press * July 31, 2013 The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do too! Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@ haysfreepress.com Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being brought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETrERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author Can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com. HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town s oldest remaining building It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100- year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. Concealed Handguns: Learning when not to shoot Continued from pg. 1A According to CHL in- structor and National Rifle Association (NRA) activist Mike Cox, everyone should take comfort in the fact that more responsible citizens are learning gun safety. Cox teaches a 10-hour CHL course from his home in Driftwood and at Cabela's. On July 13, Cox taught a class of seven students. "Take a look at the people around yon. These are re- sponsible upstanding citizens that want to know how to protect themselves," he said. "We're not just a bunch of Joe Six-Packs brandishing guns." Cox says his students come from all walks of life. "Some are retired people, some are recent widows, some are school teachers, some are businessmen that have to travel," he said. His CHL course concen- trated on three basic areas: the ever-changing laws regarding handguns, con- flict resolution and avoiding conflict altogether. Cox also shared his passion about protecting Americans' second amendment rights. A lot of myths about gun laws were dispelled that day as the class discussed various scenarios. Questions arose about when it's okay to shoot someone. According to Cox, "It's against the law to shoot somebody... It is illegal!" Displaying a handbook containing Texas concealed handgun laws, Cox said "... but these give you a defense against prosecution if it does happen." Cox warned that if anyone is involved in a shooting, even if they are acting within their rights, that person should expect to be arrested, spend at least one night in jail CHL instructor Mike Cox talks about changing laws that deal with carrying CHL FACT Data from the DPS shows that compared to the general pub- lic, CHL holders have fewer convictions of a crime. For example, of the 2,768 convic- tions of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon from 2011 - the most recent year of available data - three were CHL holders. Of the 18,159 cases of family violence as- sault that causes bodily injury, 20 were CHL holders. and face a long legal battle. He cautioned that even if a jury finds someone not guilty, civil suits may be brought on by others involved. "The best weapon in your arsenal is your brain," Cox said. "Just avoid the whole situation if you can." Texas has what's called a "Stand Your Ground" law giving individuals the right to use reasonable force to defend themselves without PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE firearm safety as well as the ever- a concealed handgun. any requirement to evade or retreat from a dangerous situ- ation. But Cox stressed, "If you can retreat, you should. Never shoot to protect your stuff... You'll get over your missing stuff faster than you'll get over having shot someone over it." Cox also said that in most cases when people use fire- arms to protect themselves, they are within arms reach of * the attacker and are usually already under attack. He said 68 percent of Texans who used a handgun for self-de- fense shot their attacker from the ground. At the end of thel0-hour course, a couple of students questioned whether they would even apply for a CHL, because of the responsibil- ity and liability involved. Without a CHL it is still legal to carry a concealed handgun in a car or home. Safe Haven" Safe room gives comfort Continued from pg. 1A not here because of something traumatic that happened to her in a relationship or criminal ac- tivity. She is, however, a cancer sur- vivor. "They found sarcoma (soft tissue) on my left arm at age 18," she said. "I was a freshman in college." She's now 28. Dean underwent chemo- therapy and radiation, plus a 13-hour surgery to keep her left arm. "They talked about amputat- ing it," she said. Overall, she ended up hav- ing about 15 other surgeries. Doctors removed her elbow and replaced it with a titanium rod. When her physician first caught the problem, Dean said they thought it was just "tennis elbow." "They removed what they thought was a cyst. It was a tu- mor." That experience shaped Dean's outlook in life. "I want to have a purpose in ]ife, to help others," she said. During her cancer ordeal, Dean said she had many advo- cates helping her. "It's very scary but to have such a good support system, it makes it that much easier." And that's how she sees her role as crime victim services coordinator. Dean has already received feedback from her clients. "They say, 'You're the first person to listen to me and not judge me for what happened.' Victims' family members ask them, 'Why do you keep going back?'" How does Dean do her job but not take it all home? "You just keep going - you never know what tomorrow "You can have another life. The stats say a woman will leave an abusive home seven times before she leaves for good. So I tell them, 'be patient' and then I get them resources they need." -Samantha Dean, Victim Services brings. You keep helping, driv- ing." And how's it going? "So far so good," she said. "It helps me when I'm helping a person - this is my dream. For a while I didn't think I'd be able to do anything. They gave me a death sentence." But Dean said people can find a way out and be a survi- vor. "You can have another life. The stats say a woman will leave an abusive home seven times before she leaves for good," she said. "So I tell them, 'be patient' and then I get them resources they need." She said resources are out there. Her job is to point vic- tims toward the right ones. She offers short-term counseling. "It's like an intervention - I get them to a stable emotional point." Dean recognizes it's a stress- ful job. "I am always concerned for their safety, especially if their decision is to stay in the house," she said. "Sometimes they just want to make a report but they don't want anything bad to happen to [the person]." Sometimes people report the info to Dean, but it's not what she calls official. %_ few months later, it's esca- lated. Now they're ready to get transport to a shelter." If they don't have a way to get there, she  take them. But first, she has to call the 24-hour hotline at the shelter. "They request to speak to the woman to make sure I'm not forcing her, that she's coming of her own free will," she said. At the Kyle Police Depart- ment, Dean said she's not en- tirely sure how people find out about her services, though she imagines it's a combination of her speaking at city council, having the information on the city's website and being there for the department's recent rib- bon cutting and open house. But she thinks it's probably her fellow colleagues who put the word out the most. "Kyle officers tell folks about our services," Dean said. "They're my biggest team play- ers. It's nice to know I have this whole team that has my back." And while the job is stressful, Dean said getting thanks from the people she helps makes up for all of that. "What's rewarding is I'm helping them rebuild life, find a new way, get counseling," she said. "It's rewarding to have them thank me for the help." Summaries of the new laws in effect Sept. 1 that deal with CHL holders SB 1907 - Students with a CHL may have firearms in their personal locked vehicle when parked on a private or public university or college park- ing lot. A student with a CHL could not be prosecuted but they are subject to the rule- making authority of the school and could be expelled. SB299 - Provides language to clarify the unintentional display of a firearm by a concealed handgun licensee. The language changed from "failure to conceal" to "inten- tional display of a weapon in a public place" when force or deadly force is not authorized. SB 864 - Reduces the number of hours for the initial CHL class from 10 to 4 hours. liB 48 - Allows CHL holders to renew their license online without taking a renewal class. HB 698 - Requires DPS to provide alternate methods of digital fingerprinting for CHL applicants if the required facility is more than 25 miles away from the applicant's residence, provided that the county has a population of 46,000 or less. HB 3142 - Repeals the SA/NA (semi-automatic/non-automatic) designation from the CHL license. All CHL holders are licensed to .carry either type of handgun. HB 1421 - Allows law enforce- ment agencies an option to sell confiscated firearms to a federal firearms dealer instead of de- stroying them. After the cost of the sale and other related charges, funds could stay with that law enforcement agency. HB 333 - Requires hotels and motels to provide advance no- tice to customers if they prohibit firearms. Number of Texas Concealed Handgun License Owners from 2002-2012 Percentage of Year CHL Licenses Adult Population Adult Pop. with CHL 2012 584,850 18,840,803 31% 2010 461,724 17,501,310 2.6% 2008 314,574 16,899,229 1 86% 2006 258,162 16,212,627 1.59% 2004 239,940 15,500,225 1.55% 2002 224,172 14,959,247 1.5% Come visit historic downtown Pleasanton! Art'00iill00 Sat., Aug. 10 11 am-7pm Live Entertoinment :== ..... ............... iiii=iii & Kids Activities!  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