Rick Perry: Laws? Pfft! Pray for kids instead; Gun nut: Reagan for gun laws due to Alzheimer's; US likes Obama AND stricter gun laws


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Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America was on MSNBC with Andrea Mitchell. As I watched it live, my jaw dropped as he suggested that Ronald Reagan only supported gun control in "his later years" because his Alzheimer's made him do it.

That's pretty low, Pratt, even for you.

I thought I had misheard. I hadn't. Via Think Progress:


President Reagan owned an AR-15.

Andrea Mitchell:

And he supported gun control. And he advocated for it.


In his later years. I think we have to keep that in account.


In his later years he was almost killed by John Hinckley.


But all through his presidency he opposed gun control, that’s my point.

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Here's the entire segment. Watch at your own risk, and have some Valium handy:

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Rick Perry’s solution to gun violence? What else? "Pray for our children." That sure has worked out well so far, hasn't it? Here's his full statement in a press release:

Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding President Obama's executive actions:

"The Vice President's committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there.

"Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.

"There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children.

"In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."

Two things, Ricky: One, nobody is abridging the Second Amendment. Americans would still get to hang on to their firearms, just not the military assault style ones that “were created to spray the enemy… because it was ineffective to assume young soldiers could become marksmen…” And two, the hidden history of the Second Amendment? It was about “slave control."

Okay, three things. As I said in a previous post:

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

Tyranny isn’t mentioned. A militia is. Regulation is. A well-regulated militia is.

Not the freedom to spray innocent Americans with bullets, not overcompensation for personal insecurities, and not keeping the gun industry’s and politicans’ pockets stuffed with currency. Those aren’t mentioned in the Second Amendment.

Neither is prayer.

By the way, per a new TIME/CNN poll, Obama’s job approval jumped, public favors stricter gun laws: 55% of Americans now approve of the job Obama is doing as President, compared to 43% who disapprove. That ratio mirrors the public appetite for tighter restrictions on guns, with 55% of respondents favoring stricter gun control laws and 44% opposed.

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  • His comments also made Host Andrea Mitchell's jaw drop too, her shaking her head no in disbelief was telling.

  • It's important to also note that most of those who believe that the "militia" component of the Second Amendment is unimportant also generally fail to note that militias are mentioned several times in the Constitution. Three times in Article I, Section 8, which enumerates the powers delegated to Congress:

    "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union, suppress Insurrections and repel Invasions; To provide for organizing, arming, and disciplining, the Militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Service of the United States, reserving to the States respectively, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discipline prescribed by Congress;"

    Clearly, the Founders intended for Congress and/or the National government to be able to enact some regulations as they saw fit in order to organize, discipline, and govern militias.

    Article II, Section 2 then indicates that the President would serve as the Commander in Chief "of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States."

    I haven't given this one too much thought, but I'm sure Constitutional scholars with less skin in the armaments game probably do a lot of thinking about what the rest of the Constitution has to say about militias and what that might actually mean for the Second Amendment.

  • Perry prayed for rain. It didn't rain. He's praying to the wrong entity I think. Something darker and it's probably holding an AK-47. Or just having pizza!