Rick Perry, who "would do it again" in 2016, says concealed handgun license should extend "anywhere," including schools

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First things first:

The Texas governor said his 2012 run, which ended January, was an "extraordinary experience," and that despite his loss, "I would do it again."

Rick Perry, name three reasons you "would do it again" in 2016.

One: You didn't think we pointed and laughed at you enough in 2012. Two: You have completely lost whatever loose grip on reality you might have had. And Three: ... ... ... ... Um... ... Uh... Er... ...

No stress, we'll wait.

... ... ... ... Zzzzzzzzzz.... ... ...

*crickets*

"Oops."

Now that that's out of the way, CNN is reporting Perry's disturbing take at a tea party event after the Newtown, Connecticut massacre.

"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," said Perry, who later added a person has the right to prohibit guns on their private property.

"Backgrounded"? Oops.

At least one school jurisdiction in Texas already allows teachers to carry guns [...]

"One of the things 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 think they know the answer," Perry said.

And by knee-jerk reaction, he meant taking urgent measures to prevent as many future shooting spree tragedies from happening as it can. Which, by the way, is a better answer than more guns being available to more people who are not expertly trained to use them during chaotic mass murders. Teachers are not sharpshooters. Teachers shouldn't be grabbing guns in the hopes of aiming and hitting someone in body armor with an automatic weapon who is rabidly spraying bullets at kids, fellow employees, and themselves.

And where would that school arsenal be stored, exactly? Locked safely away from students, which means nobody could get to them in time anyway? Or left out on a shelf or in a drawer where a child or even a crazed shooter could get hold of them? Yeah, that'll keep classrooms safe.

Speaking of how the tea party deals with whacked-out gun violence:

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Oops.

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  • chris kraska

    I disagree with Mr. Perry.  I've said it before and I'll say it again, a very small minority of people with concealed firearm licenses have the level of skill and knowledge necessary to use them judiciously and effectively. 

    The vast majority of states with concealed carry licenses  require between 10 and 15 hours of training and a demonstration of competency.  In fact, Texas' requirement specifies "anywhere from 10-15 hours" exactly.    This is woefully inadequate training  to allow armed personnel to carry firearms on school property.  

    It's my personal opinion that anyone who carries a firearm should participate in a minimum two week course (80 hours) covering a variety of topics including firearms safety,  knowing when to employ a firearm, conflict resolution,  weapon retention, marksmanship, shooting under stress,  gun handling skills, unarmed combat, etc. 

    I also believe that anyone who carries a gun regularly, civilian or law enforcement, should have to a) take yearly continuing education totaling 16 hours, and b) practice monthly.

    This will be a bitter pill for some but it's a very serious matter.

    Chris