December 18, 2012
Compounding a mild pro-gun rant with a declaration to consider a 2016 presidential run, Texas Governor Rick Perry affirmed his commitment to the Second Amendment by encouraging allowing all teachers in the state to carry guns on campus at a Tea Party event Monday.
Describing his premier presidential run as “an extraordinary experience” he said he “would do it again.”
The Rep. governor expressed his belief that, once a concealed carry license is obtained, there should be no restrictions to where a person can carry a gun in the state: “In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state.”
Reportedly, just as he began talking about a school district that already allows teachers to decide whether they want to pack heat or not, “he was interrupted by loud applause from the crowd,” according to the Associated Press.
“One of the things that I hope we don’t see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs, that they come in and they think they know the answer,” Perry stated at the Tea Party forum in North Richland Hills, just north of Fort Worth.
Perry’s pro-gun remarks arrive amid a heated national gun control debate in which governors across the country are either defending the Second Amendment or taking steps to destroy it.
A Senate bill (S.B. 59) passed by the Michigan house would allow citizens to carry firearms into “pistol free” zones; it awaits Gov. Rick Snyder’s signature.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez told the Albuquerque Journal the state should “consider legislation to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill” before considering more drastic action.
Some legislators are geniunely confused about the entire situation and don’t know where to put the blame.
Arizona governor Jan Brewer, whose state weathered heavy Second Amendment attacks following last year’s Tucson shooting, says the answer may lie in evaluating behavioral health services, not in gun control, while Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper pointed to video games and a “culture of violence” as the main contributing factors in these types of attacks.
“There might well be some direct connection between people who have some mental instability and when they go over the edge – they transport themselves, they become part of one of those video games,” Hickelooper told CNN’s State of the Union.
Still, other governors think the answer lies in destroying what’s left of the Second Amendment.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said he will keep pushing for stricter gun laws, not only in his state, but federally, saying, “there must be some kind of balance that can be struck between the interests of sportsmen and hunters and the need to keep automatic weapons and large magazines, with all these rounds and the kind of ammunition that was used in Newtown, off the streets.”
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn, according to the Chicago Tribune, “said he hoped the scope of the tragedy would motivate state lawmakers to act by early next month on a state ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, unsurprisingly, also called for tougher federal gun regulations at a press conference yesterday, stating, “Do I think Washington, D.C. needs to get its act together and enact stricter gun control laws at the federal level? You bet I do.”
At least one school district in Texas already allows teachers to carry concealed.
Meanwhile, one gun store in Austin is already offering teachers a $20 discount if they would like to apply for a concealed handgun license. “As we do with veterans, I would offer them a discount. Our normal rate is $110.00, so I would give them a rate of $90.00,” Crocket Keller of Kellers Riverside Gun Store told CBS Dallas.