Rick Perry Takes Hair Of The Dog Approach to Gun Violence

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Rick Perry is desperate to make it to the big stage August 6th with the other top 9 contenders for the GOP nomination, but it’s not looking good. He has tried blasting the Teflon Trump, demanding he step out of the race, which by the way, with Perry being in 11th place, may be the only way he actually makes it into the Top Ten.

But according to “heavy-hitting” Republicans, Perry’s biggest hurdle is his indictment, which is far more serious than his campaign for President. In fact, it is starting to seem a lot like his campaign for President is really just a legal defense fund to pay his attorneys.

Alas, the embattled former Governor took a breather from attacking Donald Trump, to suggest an innovative solution to gun violence…More. Guns. Oh wait, yea, you’ve probably heard that one before, right? Perry told CNN,

I believe that, with all my heart, that if you have the citizens who are well trained, and particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones, that we can stop that type of activity, or stop it before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette.

Even if that were true, does a dark crowded movie theater sound like the best place for multiple people to open fire? How about an airplane? The fact is, Perry touting the “well-trained” line is just more gun-grabbing rhetoric according to the open carry enthusiasts in Texas. These guys want “constitutional carry,” free of training requirements or background checks. Also, the idea of being “well-trained” in this state when lawmakers just reduced the training requirement from 12 to 4 is a little suspect to begin with.

Where Perry sounds moderate on guns, our current Governor has gone all in with his support for “constitutional carry.” About the day before the deadly theater shooting in Lafayette, Louisiana I appeared on Fox Austin and questioning why Governor Greg Abbott would veto mental health legislation when mental health is always the GOP’s fall back line after a mass shooting. Not to mention we rank at the bottom for mental health services.

Specifically, Governor Abbott vetoed a bill supported by the Texas Medical Association that would have allowed doctors to hold patients up to four hours if they believed they were a threat to themselves or others. He didn’t veto it at the behest of medical professionals or law enforcement, but instead it was Scientologists and anti-vaxxers that raised alarms.

“Rare is the piece of legislation that can save lives, save money and improve safety in communities all with the stroke of a pen,” read a Dallas Morning News editorial. But instead of underlining it, Governor struck a line straight through it, along with any chance thoughtful Texans might buy that they take their own mental health argument seriously.

We know you are more likely to injure an innocent person than stop a crime in action, and that the gun show loophole allows criminals and the mentally ill to obtain firearms, but for GOP politicians reliant on the NRA and a paranoid voter base, it seems no amount of evidence would curb their enthusiasm for an all of the guns all of the time approach. So today, let’s just be glad the international community doesn’t take the same arms race approach to nuclear proliferation.

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Joe Deshotel

Joe was born and raised in Beaumont, Tx, but live music and politics brought him to Austin. He has worked in and around government and elections for over a decade including for a member of US Congress, the Texas Legislature, the Mayor of Austin. He currently serves as Communications Director for the Travis County Democratic Party. He is most interested in transportation, energy and technology issues. He also likes Texas Hold'em and commuting on his electric skateboard. Follow me on Twitter at @joethepleb.

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