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“It Makes A Lot Of Sense”

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

It "makes a lot of sense," according to former Texas governor Rick Perry, to insert guns into as many situations as possible.

The Republican presidential candidate spoke to CNN yesterday and said those who are murdered in movie theaters and other "gun-free zones" may survive the ordeal if they're armed; enabling them to return fire.

via TPM

"I think that it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country. If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people's right to protect themselves and defend themselves, and their families," he told Tapper. [...]

"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," Perry said.

This is the inherent weakness of the Guns Everywhere argument. There's no way to know when a Good Guy with a Gun will flip and become a Bad Guy with a Gun. They're all good guys with guns until they pull the trigger.

Furthermore, you have to ask where this ends. Is Rick Perry calling on parents and grandparents to pack a pistol when they take the kids to see the latest Pixar film? Does daddy need to carry a gun with him to see Minions? Does this end with a gunfight on every corner? An eye over every shoulder?

The presence of guns clearly isn't a strong deterrent. In Perry's home state of Texas, police headquarters have come under attack twice in the past year, by right wing gunmen. There's a lot of guns in a police station and there's also no shortage of hubris or delusions of grandeur among shooters who see themselves as masters at arms.

  • muselet

    I perceive a flaw in Rick Perry’s plan (apart from various crimes against grammar):

    “I think that you allow the citizens of this county, who have been appropriately trained and appropriately backgrounded who know how to handle and use firearms, to carry them.”

    Perry and most elected Rs don’t want to require training or background checks on gun owners, because tyranny! or something. How then to ensure the next toothless yahoo wandering into a theater has undergone firearms training and a background check?

    Besides which, we have a class of people who already are—theoretically, at least—”appropriately trained and appropriately backgrounded”: the police.

    Perry is currently polling around 2%. He’s under indictment, he’s being out-loonied by Donald Trump and the glasses aren’t making him look any smarter.

    Rick Perry’s desperation is becoming more obvious by the day.

    –alopecia

  • Christopher Foxx

    Is Rick Perry calling on parents and grandparents to pack a pistol when they take the kids to see the latest Pixar film? Does daddy need to carry a gun with him to see Minions?

    For the parent who wants to keep their kids safe, the answer isn’t ever going to be carrying a gun to the local OK Corral Cineplex. It’s waiting until the movie comes out on disk and watching from the safety of their home.

    The only parent who’d “protect” their child by playing heavily armed bodyguard at the mall isn’t interested in keeping their kids safe nearly as much as they’re interested in showing how big their dick isn’t.

  • Christopher Foxx

    If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people’s right to protect themselves…

    Thing is, one of those is making the other more difficult.