Rick Perry: Say, I’m not too happy about Obama’s gun control

posted at 8:02 am on January 17, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

OK, raise your hands — how many of you are surprised by this? Governor Rick Perry gave Barack Obama a Texas-sized pushback on the new gun-control agenda at the White House:

“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.”

The most notable part of Obama’s gun-control agenda is just how little of it has to do with Newtown, Aurora, or any of the other tragedies that the administration used to justify its sharp tack to the left on guns. Obama’s platform is also notable for its impotence, but we’ll have more on that later today.

For now, let’s pair up Governor Perry with perhaps a little more surprising voice for common sense. The Washington Post’s Courtland Milloy wrote yesterday about the connection between civil rights and gun ownership — not in the Revolutionary War, but within living memory of people who had to face armed terrorism designed to keep them from being truly free. The entire column is worth the read, but the lead is a grabber:

When Charles “Chuck” Hicks does the Martin Luther King Jr. Day peace and freedom walks Saturday, he’ll also be taking a step for what the National Rifle Association has dubbed “National Rifle Appreciation Day.” That’s because Hicks is the son of Robert Hicks, a prominent leader of the legendary Deacons for Defense and Justice — an organization of black men in Louisiana who used shotguns and rifles to repel attacks by white vigilantes during the 1960s.

“The Klan would drive through our neighborhood shooting at us, shooting into our homes,” recalled Hicks, 66, who grew up in Bogalusa, La., and has been a civil rights activist in the District for more than 35 years. “The black men in the community wouldn’t stand for it. You shoot at us, we shoot back at you. I’m convinced that without our guns, my family and many other black people would not be alive today.”

As one of the organizers for the weekend’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day activities, Hicks’s pro-gun stance may seem like something of an anomaly. But even though King may best be remembered for his philosophy of nonviolent protest, the fact is that black civil rights activists in many small towns throughout the South carried guns or received protection from groups like the Deacons for Defense and Justice. …

Infringe on the Second Amendment? No way, say 30 percent of African Americans (myself included), according to a recent Pew poll. No doubt many of them believe, like Hicks, that it’s better to have a gun and not need it than not have one and wish you did.

Indeed.


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Semi OT:

Obama 144 of ‘em.
Bush 290
Reagan over 350

On EOs, it is indeed selective concern/outrage here.

verbaluce on January 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

On the Rand Paul thread. Anyone wanna help pwn this idiot?

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 11:51 AM

A prayer and a dollar won’t even get you a cup of coffee at Starbucks.

mazer9 on January 17, 2013 at 11:34 AM

It would be the most you got all day from your ‘job’ as a panhandler.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Like Chump and Dante, he’s just here to derail the thread.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Like Chump and Dante, he’s just here to derail the thread.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 11:58 AM

10-4! Where the HELL are the mods?

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Watching and trying to build thread counts.Oh, I left out nonpartisan.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 12:09 PM

“The Klan DEMOCRATS would drive through our neighborhood shooting at us, shooting into our homes,” recalled Hicks, 66, who grew up in Bogalusa, La., and has been a civil rights activist in the District for more than 35 years.

It’s helpful to remember that there is no difference between the KKK and Democrats. They have always been one and the same. The KKK was founded, organized and run by Democrats from it’s inception to today. A grand Puhbah of the KKK died in office in the Senate just a few short years ago. Anyone remember all the the hateful rhetoric from the left aimed at Robert Byrd? No? That’s because he was one of them.

HotAirian on January 17, 2013 at 12:11 PM

Obama 144 of ‘em.
Bush 290
Reagan over 350

On EOs, it is indeed selective concern/outrage here.

verbaluce on January 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bill Clinton – 394

workingclass artist on January 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

Say, I must have missed the leader of the republican Party’s speech trying to protect our freedom. Did, Oromney go into hiding? How about that Cheney’s loud mouth, that shot down Sarah in order to lose with mister in hiding? I’m so sick of the Republican obstructionists.

Don L on January 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

It would be the most you got all day from your ‘job’ as a panhandler.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I have a relatively well-paying job, and the coffee is free.

mazer9 on January 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Don L on January 17, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Except for a few of them, like Rand Paul and Marco Rubio, all you hear are **crickets**.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 12:16 PM

Obama 144 of ‘em.
Bush 290
Reagan over 350

On EOs, it is indeed selective concern/outrage here.

verbaluce on January 17, 2013 at 11:44 AM

Bill Clinton – 394

workingclass artist on January 17, 2013 at 12:14 PM

hey, like cartridge magazines–it’s not how many but what they were aimed at. Freedom and the constitution weren’t there target-Otherwise they might have EO’s aabortion.
you’re comparing Forbidden apples to oranges?

Don L on January 17, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Infringe on the Second Amendment? No way, say 30 percent of African Americans (myself included), according to a recent Pew poll.

Yet they will continue to vote for Democrats. I guess free shit trumps personal safety.

Odysseus on January 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

“…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.”

Nice words from Perry, but completely untrue. Try buying a fully automatic weapon. You can’t do it without a special license and giving up all your rights. How about an RPG? The USA is as dead as its phony freedoms. What onslaught of government tyranny that began with Lincoln is complete.

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 12:28 PM

That should have been “The onslaught” of government tyranny that began with Lincoln is complete.

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 12:29 PM

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 12:29 P

You tin foil hat is askew.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

The soft bigotry of low expectations

Resist We Much on January 17, 2013 at 9:17 AM

Nice. Hadn’t thought of that tune in years. Traffic.

Tenwheeler on January 17, 2013 at 12:37 PM

I’m reading a biography of Thomas Jefferson.

The comparison between Jefferson and his compatriots and today’s legislators is unbelievable.

Then again, when one thinks of the education that folks of those times obtained, compared with the trivial crap that is taught in today’s schools, it explains a lot.

Sad.

Sad, that even if we had men of his caliber available for public office today the “system” would carve him up into little pieces on the stage of public opinion.

Tenwheeler on January 17, 2013 at 12:43 PM

You tin foil hat is askew.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

He’s wearing it over his KKK hood that Dante got for him.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 1:11 PM

“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.”

Obama feeds on carrion.

Schadenfreude on January 17, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Abbott wades into gun control fray with ads aimed at New Yorkers

http://www.statesman.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/abbott-weighs-into-gun-control-fray-with-ads-aimed/nTyK6/

A note from Greg Abbott appears below the logo and reads, “Here in Texas, you will have the liberty and the opportunity to achieve your dreams. On top of that, we have no income tax, yet still manage to have a multi-billion dollar budget surplus.”

https://apps.facebook.com/336273509819725/

redguy on January 17, 2013 at 1:28 PM

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 12:33 PM

I’m not sure which comment you are referring to, but if it was about Lincoln, not everyone is a big fan.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

I understand that. However, Dante and other Dr. Paul supporters have been known to monologue for posts and posts on how horrible Lincoln was.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

No One Knows What an Assault Weapon Is
http://freebeacon.com/no-one-knows-what-an-assault-weapon-is/

Even liberal New York Times clueless on real definition

Southern by choice22 on January 17, 2013 at 1:49 PM

“It may be that ministers really think that their prayers do good and it may be that frogs imagine that their croaking brings spring.” — Robert Ingersoll

chumpThreads on January 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Frogs don’t imagine that their croaking brings spring. Only a scientific illiterate can come up with such a stupid idea.

Gelsomina on January 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

If original thought were the criteria for posting here, HotAir would be a site extolling the virtues of sport ballooning.

Goethe and Ingersoll simply made my points for me.

Extra credit if you picked up the “blue man” reference from Bonzo Dog Band.

chumpThreads on January 17, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Goethe didn’t make your point for you, he meant you with his quote about ignorance in action.

His most famous play, “Faust”, is all about God’s mercy and contains one of the most beautiful prayers ever written.

Gelsomina on January 17, 2013 at 2:14 PM

I’m not sure which comment you are referring to, but if it was about Lincoln, not everyone is a big fan.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 1:30 PM

“Not being a big fan” is not even close to what Dumbte the isolationist trolltard thinks. He continues to post outright racist revisionist history, and insults anyone who points out that he’s a whiny Neo-confederate fraud.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 1:36 PM

Oh, dear. As much as I am tempted to monologue sometimes, it really is bad form. That what a blog is for, as you well know.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 2:47 PM

ICan a blue man sing the whites?

chumpThreads on January 17, 2013 at 8:32 AM

Yup. So can a blue woman.

Once again, chump, a reminder that your Dear Leader (once again) set an alltime American record in November, getting 82% of the high school dropout vote in PA, 80% in your home state of CA, and 73% in Nevada.

You must be so proud of that.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2013 at 3:00 PM

chumpThreads on January 17, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Frogs don’t imagine that their croaking brings spring. Only a scientific illiterate can come up with such a stupid idea.

Gelsomina on January 17, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Here in New Hampshire, the gray tree frog (Pseudacris c. crucifer) actually confirms to us that spring has arrived. We call them “spring peepers”.

Del Dolemonte on January 17, 2013 at 3:04 PM

Thanks Gov. Perry for a great and appropriate statement!!
Glad to read Charles Hicks statement also.

Where is Boehner, McCain, McConnell and the rest of the R Establishment? Under their desks as usual? That desk is getting as large as the bus!

bluefox on January 17, 2013 at 3:30 PM

kingsjester and MelonCollie; two koolaid drinking morons. Keep your blinders on guys, you’re too F’ing stupid to get by without them.

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

Judging by your vocabulary, you left your irony on.

kingsjester on January 17, 2013 at 4:07 PM

woodNfish on January 17, 2013 at 4:06 PM

“There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.”
–Goethe

bluefox on January 17, 2013 at 4:30 PM

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 2:44 PM

This rather confirms my decision not to visit HA as often as I used to–some things I just don’t want to deal with.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

This rather confirms my decision not to visit HA as often as I used to–some things I just don’t want to deal with.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 5:01 PM

Probably not. Just now the dishonorably-discharged “Good Lt.” is sneering that I have no authority to oppose abortions.

Feckless coward that he is, he’s not showing up on the more active thread about gun rights versus the right to life, where there are other posters active.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

And in addition, the mods have basically vanished. None of the trolls have been doxed or banned or even WARNED. And I mean real prizes like woodNhead, liveasaslaveanddie, and Dumb-te.

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 5:43 PM

MelonCollie on January 17, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Sometimes we misunderstand each other–I have misunderstood people on this board more than once, and have been convicted as I have read more of what they have said. But that doesn’t mean I am wrong every time, and the self-named “Good Lt.” is an example–although I may agree with some of what he says, when it comes to faith, he is just obnoxious, and I use my own little “ignore” feature when I see his name.

Now, when you say he was dishonorably discharged, are you saying he got the boot from Hot Air? Or what has gone on? I’ve evidently missed a lot.

DrMagnolias on January 17, 2013 at 10:30 PM

“There is nothing more frightening than ignorance in action.”
–Goethe

chumpThreads on January 17, 2013 at 8:41 AM

As you so splendidly demonstrate with every post you drop.

You really are that stupid. Conformist serf.

FOAD, chimp.

Solaratov on January 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

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