Rick Perry the Gunslinger: Report Released from Brady Campaign on Perry's Gun Record

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Rick Perry the Gunslinger
Governor Rick Perry's love of guns has been well documented and he is more than happy to share his thoughts on the matter, particularly when it comes to killing a coyote on a morning jog and his affinity for laser sights on his weapons of choice.

In Texas, loving your guns probably doesn't seem as wacky as it does to the rest of the country, but even here some of Perry's statements related to guns have been surreal at times. Those statements and his voting record are part of a report done by the Brady Campaign for Gun Violence on what they call "Perry's cavalier attitude toward lethal weaponry."

On their blog, the Brady campaign expressed their concern over Perry's approach:

For Governor Perry, "gun control is hittin' what you're aimin' at," as he told this year's NRA Convention. His extremism no doubt will hit the target in the GOP primaries, where the radical "gun rights" crowd will march to the polls in droves. In the ghastly event that he wins the Republican nomination, however, how will Perry's "gunslinger" schtick play with swing independent voters in the suburbs? What will they think of the idea of Presidential candidates packing heat at election rallies or kindergarten teachers with pistols in their desks?

Rick Perry may turn President Obama into a gun control advocate after all.

We personally think the best thing about the report is the cover with Perry doing his best Yosemite Sam impersonation. Yeeeeehaawwww!

You can read the whole thing here.


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Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

Expecting our 2nd Amendment rights not to be infringed upon does not makes us "radical" despite their propaganda and outright lies.

Dogballs
Dogballs

Imagine if every Jew had a gun in the 30s/40s. Just think about it.

H_e_x
H_e_x

We need more gun control because too many weapons end up in Mexico and in the hands of the cartels.

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

Was this hit piece put together at the last minute? Sure seems like it. Get it together over there.

H_e_x
H_e_x

What about the romanies, communists, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, disabled people, and other groups?

Dogballs
Dogballs

Fuck every single one of them

Jim C
Jim C

I think the purpose of gun control is to control unlawful weapons.  If it's not, then it should be.

Fedup_713
Fedup_713

Your call sign of "dogballs" seems completely appropriate.

Fedup_713
Fedup_713

The ATF law would not, in any manner, restrict "law-abiding gunowners" but rather as Sen. Carl Levin said on the senate floor "Under the rule, federally licensed dealers in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas must report to ATF the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles that have a caliber greater than .22 and accept detachable magazines to the same person within five consecutive business days. Weapons covered by the rule include AR-15s and AK-47s, military-style assault rifles favored by Mexican drug gangs. The rule focuses on sales in these four border states because they are the source of 75% of the firearms recovered and traced in drug-related crimes in Mexico, according to an analysis of Department of Justice statistics by the organization Mayors Against Illegal Guns."

Where you get the strange idea that "It's none of their business" is beyond me. Of course it is the business of the ATF as directed by federal law. And it is legal per a law signed under Pres. Ronald Reagan in 1986. "The Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 (P.L. 99-308) (18 U.S.C. §923 (g)(5)(A)) explicitly states that each federal firearm licensee shall, when requested by ATF, submit to the ATF any information required to be kept by that law, like the name and address of a purchaser and a firearm’s serial number, or such lesser information as ATF may request. Information on the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles is part of the record which firearm dealers are required to maintain."

Writer for a free fishwrap
Writer for a free fishwrap

They are trying to use violence in Mexico as an excuse to put more restrictions on law-abiding gun owners, like the recent ATF requirement gun shop owners in border states must report multiple sales within a specific time period. It's none of their business.

The sheer gall of the ATF to pull this after their own gun smuggling boondoggle is a slap in the face to all of us.

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