Local news reporters in Texas are buzzing about Gov. Rick Perry’s appearance before a Tea Party group in the city North Richland Hills. Commenting on the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Conn., the governor expressed his condolences, but would not budge on the issue of Second Amendment rights.

Not only is Perry not joining the sudden rush to ban guns, he’s doubling down and talking about the need for armed school staff to protect our children.

Perry also said localities should decide their own regulations regarding gun permits and schools.

Our friends on the Left were none too happy with this development.

https://twitter.com/jamesrowland91/status/280860162175156224

https://twitter.com/mrstlneal/status/280863225237614593

He may not be popular with the media right now, but we applaud Gov. Perry for his willingness to confront this issue and stand up for our children’s safety. At least one governor is not willing to leave our kids vulnerable to violence.

Some of those questions involved Perry’s future in politics.

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    It wouldn’t surprise me if he tried running for President again. And he’s totally right on guns.

  • EOD

    Perry is the man who should have been running against Obama this year.

    • ♛ ♥ BettinaVLA ♥ ♛

      Perry is the man who should have been PRESIDENT. This country would have been turned around in 6 months.

    • http://twitter.com/tcot_ne Northeast Patriot

      You may have forgotten this recent election – he DID run against Obama. Remind me what happened?

      • SDN

        No, he ran against ORomney. Look up the difference between primary and general election.

      • SDN

        No, he ran against ORomney. Look up the difference between primary and general election.

      • wwbdinct

        Sigh…… did you just wake up this year on Nov. 5?

      • wwbdinct

        Sigh…… did you just wake up this year on Nov. 5?

      • TocksNedlog

        You appear to have run up against the wall of reality.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZSKETECBAFDEAUOUML4ICTKLAA Alex

      He has a good record and an excellent gun stance, but he wouldn’t have done as good in the debates against Obama, and in today’s media-centric culture that would’ve been necessary to win the Presidency.

    • justlittlolme

      Nope, bad idea. Don’t get me wrong… I adore Perry as our Governor, but like a good horse, he’s smart but headstrong. Every so often, he’ll get it into his head he has to ‘play poly-tics’, and has to be SMACKED back into line. [ Think the recent Merrik vaccine mandate he threw out a couple years back ]
      Put him in Washington….. out of smacking distance of the people….. and one day he’ll bolt so fast that we’ll all wind up right in the Bushes………again!

      • 1SkepticalChick

        He ran fo the Repub. nomination and shot himself in the foot. Yep! But I’d still take him over the others that ran. They’d really have to work on that debate thing. And his off the cuff comments that no one outside of Texas understands. There would definately be some smacking called for on occasion.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        He ran fo the Repub. nomination and shot himself in the foot. Yep! But I’d still take him over the others that ran. They’d really have to work on that debate thing. And his off the cuff comments that no one outside of Texas understands. There would definately be some smacking called for on occasion.

    • justlittlolme

      Nope, bad idea. Don’t get me wrong… I adore Perry as our Governor, but like a good horse, he’s smart but headstrong. Every so often, he’ll get it into his head he has to ‘play poly-tics’, and has to be SMACKED back into line. [ Think the recent Merrik vaccine mandate he threw out a couple years back ]
      Put him in Washington….. out of smacking distance of the people….. and one day he’ll bolt so fast that we’ll all wind up right in the Bushes………again!

    • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

      He was my first pick….Romney was my last.

  • George Washington Mclintock

    I wonder how many shootings in Texas schools we will hear about in the upcoming days,weeks and years? I’m take the money on none

    • SDN

      No, you’ll hear about some. TX has Democrat controlled cities that won’t allow this. See Austin and San Antonio.

      • Stacey Hanna

        San Antonio wants to put Radio Frequency Identification tags on the kids as well. Just a way too liberal space for me.

    • SDN

      No, you’ll hear about some. TX has Democrat controlled cities that won’t allow this. See Austin and San Antonio.

  • annoyinglittletwerp

    I am sooo glad that we escaped the First Socialist State of ILL-Annoyz for Texas almost 2 years ago!

    • Hat Whit

      I’d escape NJ in a moment for Texas if I could find someone who wanted to hire an experienced web thing. I think I’m too old for them or the jobs are in Austin and I’m not their style. So I’m stuck here.

      • annoyinglittletwerp

        My husband asked to be transferred, and I was unemployed. I now work for Wal-Mart. *We live in west Texas.*

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Texas is much bigger than Austin. And we all have computers. Check the smaller cities, although they do tend to be a little more clannish. Try Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Midland, Odessa, Tyler, Longview, Abilene. Get a map and start checking the online local papers. The jobs are out there.

        • Zane Henry

          Midland/Odessa is going through a mini-boom at the moment. I hear there are tons of decent paying professional-type jobs there.

        • Zane Henry

          Midland/Odessa is going through a mini-boom at the moment. I hear there are tons of decent paying professional-type jobs there.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        Texas is much bigger than Austin. And we all have computers. Check the smaller cities, although they do tend to be a little more clannish. Try Houston, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Midland, Odessa, Tyler, Longview, Abilene. Get a map and start checking the online local papers. The jobs are out there.

    • 1SkepticalChick

      And we welcome you to Texas!

    • 1SkepticalChick

      And we welcome you to Texas!

  • almarquardt

    My favorite comment: ” Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit.”

    Yet it’s completely fine to allow total strangers to teach our children the things we as parents used to do such as sex education?

    I will never understand liberal thinking, and maybe that’s a good thing.

    • SDN

      Does the idjit asking that question personally know every cop on his town’s police force? And does he think that the uniform makes them more trustworthy?

      • Peyton

        I actually saw a statistic the other day that Concealed Carry Holders commit firearm crimes at the same rate as Police officers. So no, police officers aren’t more trustworthy.

    • SDN

      Does the idjit asking that question personally know every cop on his town’s police force? And does he think that the uniform makes them more trustworthy?

    • justlittlolme

      >> ” Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit.
      LOL! Nice catch. It illustrates the total non-sequiter of the liberal mindest, because if you reversed the question:.
      Is a lack of a permit preventing complete strangers from being able to carry a gun in our schools?
      They STILL have to answer ‘no’…and watching their tiny little brains try to follow a true and logical path can be a hilarious thing to behold!

    • justlittlolme

      >> ” Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit.
      LOL! Nice catch. It illustrates the total non-sequiter of the liberal mindest, because if you reversed the question:.
      Is a lack of a permit preventing complete strangers from being able to carry a gun in our schools?
      They STILL have to answer ‘no’…and watching their tiny little brains try to follow a true and logical path can be a hilarious thing to behold!

    • Michael Hampton

      Sex education had to be taught in schools because parents wouldn’t do it. Just like now “christians” want organized prayer in school because they can’t force their own kids to sit in church.

      • almarquardt

        Wow. That is quite an assumption, and has nothing to do with the original post. Your comment is merely another example of mudding the waters because you can’t make a rational argument about my original point.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          I’m sorry you can’t understand a direct reply.

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          I’m sorry you can’t understand a direct reply.

    • Purple State

      Your kid’s teacher is a “total stranger?” Maybe some parents might want to stop by school one day and say, “Hi, I’m Sally’s Mom?” Just a thought.

      • almarquardt

        Again missing the point. Good try, though.

        • Purple State

          How did I miss the point? You were lamenting that teachers nowadays are “total strangers” who are teaching sex ed, as though it would be fine to trust them to teach such subjects if they weren’t strangers. So I suggested the solution might be to go up to your kid’s school and shake some hands.

          But while we’re at it, seems as though you may have missed the point of your “favorite comment.” Not sure the strangers in that context were meant to be the teachers — seems that commenter was actually talking about any stranger with a conceal carry permit walking into any school. A reasonable objection, no?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Given that those same concealed carry holders have no doubt walked past them in the grocery store or the local park, why do you think it’s a ‘reasonable objection’ when it’s a school, if it’s made legal?

          • almarquardt

            My analogy between firearm-carrying strangers and strangers teaching our children was just that. An analogy, because we don’t know every teacher, substitute, nurse, etc., that walk the halls.

            An imperfect analogy to be sure, but it was only to illustrate the point that many find it just fine for people we don’t know to teach our children the things that should used to be the parents duty, but it’s not okay for children to be around someone who has proven responsible to carry a firearm. I was pointing out what I thought was an obvious double standard, nothing more.

      • almarquardt

        Again missing the point. Good try, though.

      • Ronald

        When my children were in school, I knew each and every one of their teachers. But times have changed since then. Now, many teachers are strangers, and many parents can’t bother.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          That would be Mike, see below.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            More ASSumptions? tch.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          That would be Mike, see below.

      • Ronald

        When my children were in school, I knew each and every one of their teachers. But times have changed since then. Now, many teachers are strangers, and many parents can’t bother.

    • Purple State

      Your kid’s teacher is a “total stranger?” Maybe some parents might want to stop by school one day and say, “Hi, I’m Sally’s Mom?” Just a thought.

    • http://twitter.com/dchrist81 david christoph

      … not to mention allowing total strangers to teach our children to deny God and believe we came from monkeys. And yet they’re surprised when their indoctrination centers become violent jungles.

    • 1SkepticalChick

      Why would a total stranger be allowed in a school? And yes, parents should know their children’s teachers and the agendas in the classes. Keyword: should.

      • mike_in_kosovo

        And just how much do you know about the teacher on the first day of school, hmm? This, of course, overlooks the fact that virtually any adult has *no* need of a weapon to murder a young child.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          It’s called “Orientation”. You know, that period every year right before school starts where students and parents go to meet the teachers and staff at the school, get the handbooks with the school rules, find the class rooms, etc. Oh, and the there are all the parent/ teacher days that at least one parent should be attending. Who said anything about the first day of school? School is a minimum of 12 years process for every student and every parent. I repeat my question. Why would a total stranger be allowed in a school? The schools that my children went to required every visitor to go to the office and be escorted from there to where ever they were going. Non- Staff found past the offices were challenged and escorted back to the offices. Would that stop a shooting? No, but it would happen at the front of the school, away from the students. And yes, they were public schools.

          My point is that we shouldn’t allow strangers to wander around in our schools. Gun or no gun. And we shouldn’t be allowing total strangers to teach our children sex education, either.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            It’s called “Orientation”. You know, that period every year right before school starts where students and parents go to meet the teachers and staff at the school, get the handbooks with the school rules, find the class rooms, etc.

            Yes, I’m well aware what its called, thank you – I guess the rest of us just don’t have your “mad skillz” to be able to find out any ‘agendas’ the teacher(s) might have in the 2-3 days between orientation and the school year starting.

            Would that stop a shooting? No, but it would happen at the front of the school, away from the students.

            Just like it did in Sandy Hook, where the murderer shot his way though a window?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            It’s called “Orientation”. You know, that period every year right before school starts where students and parents go to meet the teachers and staff at the school, get the handbooks with the school rules, find the class rooms, etc.

            Yes, I’m well aware what its called, thank you – I guess the rest of us just don’t have your “mad skillz” to be able to find out any ‘agendas’ the teacher(s) might have in the 2-3 days between orientation and the school year starting.

            Would that stop a shooting? No, but it would happen at the front of the school, away from the students.

            Just like it did in Sandy Hook, where the murderer shot his way though a window?

          • 1SkepticalChick

            Other parents are an excellent source of information about Staff. Are you this determined to make appear impossible to be aware of whaat goes on in local schools? I live in a huge city, but we still manage to figure it out. And you’ve gone from “the first day of school” to allowing “2-3 days”. And you are all alone out there there with that time thingy, Dr Who.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Are you this determined to make appear impossible to be aware of whaat goes on in local schools?

            Are you this determined to make it appear possible to know all about a teacher in a 10-15 minute chat?

            And you are all alone out there there with that time thingy Dr Who.

            Ah, I must have missed where YOUR school district was the arbiter of time limits between orientation and the start of the school year… when did the decision come down?

          • 1SkepticalChick

            smh^^ You are the only time arbiter here. You missed it because it’s not there. And keep up that controlling time and twisting words while trying to put them in the mouths of someone else.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            The point is that, evidently unlike you, not everyone gets a very good chance to see exactly what the teacher is going to be like. You make the assumption that everyone else’s circumstance and experience is the same as yours, when that is not the case.

          • 1SkepticalChick

            smh. Single mother here assuming nothing. I made it happen. Keep going.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Single mother here assuming everything

            Fixed that for you.

            I made it happen

            Congrats to you – maybe you should consider not everyone has your mad skillz.

          • 1SkepticalChick

            Not mad skills. Serious commitment, determination, work ethic, perseverance, and dedication to insuring that my child was safe, and that teachers were actually teaching and by paying close attention to what they were being taught. I looked at homework, to see what they were being taught, I attended parent teacher nights, and requested meetings with the teachers when I had questions. Face to face meetings, not by phone or email since email didn’t exist. Even when I worked 2 jobs, I made it my business to know as much as possible about what was going on with my child. Unlike you who are assuming much during this conversation, I assume nothing about you or anyone else. It takes time and effort, and again I notice that you are the one assigning time limits to all of this. There is NEVER enough time when it comes to the physical, mental, and emotional well being of a child. And there is more than one way for an adult to murder a child, it’s not limited to guns. “evidently unlike you, not everyone gets a very good chance to see exactly what the teacher is going to be like. You make the assumption that everyone else’s circumstance and experience is the same as yours, when that is not the case.” It’s not a case of “getting to”. It’s a case making it a priority to find out. My circumstance was poor, my experience difficult. And yes, I assume that others did not have it as hard, and some had it harder. You assume a hell of a lot since you know zero about me or my situation at the time. Get off your high horse, it’s tail is dragging from carrying your all your overblown pompous assuptions. And I would have been delighted to find that the staff in our schools were packing if it meant that my child was being protected.

          • 1SkepticalChick

            Other parents are an excellent source of information about Staff. Are you this determined to make appear impossible to be aware of whaat goes on in local schools? I live in a huge city, but we still manage to figure it out. And you’ve gone from “the first day of school” to allowing “2-3 days”. And you are all alone out there there with that time thingy, Dr Who.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          It’s called “Orientation”. You know, that period every year right before school starts where students and parents go to meet the teachers and staff at the school, get the handbooks with the school rules, find the class rooms, etc. Oh, and the there are all the parent/ teacher days that at least one parent should be attending. Who said anything about the first day of school? School is a minimum of 12 years process for every student and every parent. I repeat my question. Why would a total stranger be allowed in a school? The schools that my children went to required every visitor to go to the office and be escorted from there to where ever they were going. Non- Staff found past the offices were challenged and escorted back to the offices. Would that stop a shooting? No, but it would happen at the front of the school, away from the students. And yes, they were public schools.

          My point is that we shouldn’t allow strangers to wander around in our schools. Gun or no gun. And we shouldn’t be allowing total strangers to teach our children sex education, either.

    • tjp77

      It’s hilarious that when they’re rallying for the teachers unions, public school teachers are spoken of as though they’re saints walking amongst us; the personification of personal sacrifice and virtue. BUT DON’T LET THESE TOTAL STRANGERS CARRY GUNS OMG THINK OF THE CHILDREN!!

      Liberal logic is always bizarre and twisted.

    • john1v6

      Of course you can’t understand “liberal thinking.” It’s like trying to understand “five-sided triangles.” Just because you put those words next to each other, it doesn’t mean you’ve described something that actually exists

  • Zane Henry

    That’s my Governor!

    The only thing Obama can do is put the kibosh on the sales of new weapons. No state is going to accept the enormous unfunded mandate to collect its share of 300 million firearms, door to door. For one thing, they’d lose a ton of good officers.

    They (Congressional Dems) will bristle and huff and puff, and in the end they’ll realize they’ll be radioactive if they push for legislation, so, no legislation will come.

    • SDN

      They won’t have to when the EPA bans lead ammo and BATFE rules that all the substitutes are harder metals and so “armor-piercing”. Or did you think the Left was going to do something honestly?

    • SDN

      They won’t have to when the EPA bans lead ammo and BATFE rules that all the substitutes are harder metals and so “armor-piercing”. Or did you think the Left was going to do something honestly?

    • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

      You’re right. This happens every time there’s a shooting. They run around like chickens with their heads cut off, screaming about gun control. Nothing happens, and it dies down….until the next mass shooting. That said, I’m sure Obama will do what he can to push it through….either trying something via executive order, or through the U.N. small arms treaty, which we know he’s already working on.

    • 1SkepticalChick

      Or, because we are sleepily assuming it will just die down and nothing will be done because it’s never happened before, they will jump at the chance to actually do it this time.

      • Zane Henry

        Because the Dems realize that a bunch of these legal gun owners they’re busy defaming are their own supporters. They lost 9 million votes between elections. Could they take another 5 or so million? And remember why Newt ended up in charge of the House? Look no further than the assault weapons ban. They’re not going to endanger their jobs.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          Could be, but don’t take it for granted. They all get the job and start thinking they know what’s best for the rest of us and forget all about why they were elected. They have short memories and assume we do, too.

          • Zane Henry

            fair points.

          • Zane Henry

            fair points.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          Could be, but don’t take it for granted. They all get the job and start thinking they know what’s best for the rest of us and forget all about why they were elected. They have short memories and assume we do, too.

      • Zane Henry

        Because the Dems realize that a bunch of these legal gun owners they’re busy defaming are their own supporters. They lost 9 million votes between elections. Could they take another 5 or so million? And remember why Newt ended up in charge of the House? Look no further than the assault weapons ban. They’re not going to endanger their jobs.

    • 1SkepticalChick

      Or, because we are sleepily assuming it will just die down and nothing will be done because it’s never happened before, they will jump at the chance to actually do it this time.

  • Bamagirl14

    Go Rick!!! Don’t back down! Schools can be safe places if we allow it.
    An opponent will target the weak or the weakest area of their victim. Just like a bully attacks those smaller or weaker than them.
    Some bullies just need their asses kicked.

    • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

      So you would like teachers to shoot bullies?

      • mike_in_kosovo

        I was unaware that an ass kicking involved gunfire. Must be a liberal thing.

        • Julie Jewels

          Obviously Michael is retarded.

      • http://www.facebook.com/fred.rennie Fred Rennie

        Typical of the left. Bamagirl said what she would like to see happen to bullies and said nothing about shooting. Don’t try to be logical it is beyond your mindset.

  • Vennoye

    Most Texans just think we have better solutions for us than the “Beltway Bubble” yahoos in DC. But then, we have our Austinites, and the newly arrived from Californiastan……… Most of us just want to be left alone to live and enjoy our lives.

    • annoyinglittletwerp

      Most of the Illinoisans that arrive are conservative. Rick Perry is a big reason why we moved here rather than Janesville, WI. *Paul Ryan’s district.*

      • Vennoye

        AND, we are happy to welcome you to our state! It is the people with the bumper stickers that say “Let’s turn Texas Blue” that we would like to send to Detroit!!

        • 1SkepticalChick

          Nope, I want to tow that car to the middle of a muddy field and leave it there. We could kinda pile ’em up there and then sell tickets to the Liberal Chicken Dance.

        • 1SkepticalChick

          Nope, I want to tow that car to the middle of a muddy field and leave it there. We could kinda pile ’em up there and then sell tickets to the Liberal Chicken Dance.

  • Jeffrey Wilson

    A Perry-Rubio 2016 ticket would be awesome. Running Texas with a budget surplus speaks for itself. We will need him to clean up Obama’s mess for sure. Texas should secede.

    • aPLWBinAK

      There’s more than one good combo available for us think about….for instance, Perry-West would be awesome, and we wouldn’t lose Rubio out of the Senate.

    • aPLWBinAK

      There’s more than one good combo available for us think about….for instance, Perry-West would be awesome, and we wouldn’t lose Rubio out of the Senate.

  • Jeffrey Wilson

    A Perry-Rubio 2016 ticket would be awesome. Running Texas with a budget surplus speaks for itself. We will need him to clean up Obama’s mess for sure. Texas should secede.

  • Tuffenough1952

    I LOVE my Gov. Gov. Perry is saying what the left fears – the TRUTH !

  • Tuffenough1952

    I LOVE my Gov. Gov. Perry is saying what the left fears – the TRUTH !

  • http://twitter.com/DennisMcMaster Dennis McMaster

    The same liberals that swear it would be impossible to locate and deport 15 million illegal aliens believe it is possible to locate and confiscate 300 million guns.

    • BeeKaaay

      They couldn’t even locate and confiscate 2,000 guns (Fast and Furious!)

      They truly believe that they want thugs and criminals to have guns.

      • http://www.facebook.com/lawrence.malcolm1 Lawrence Malcolm

        Yes, liberals WANT thugs and criminals to have guns…In the warped inane, libtard mindset, those thugs and criminals are VICTIMS of social injustice and deserve to keep what they consider an “equalizer” ….. to get even wit’ WhyT…

    • BeeKaaay

      They couldn’t even locate and confiscate 2,000 guns (Fast and Furious!)

      They truly believe that they want thugs and criminals to have guns.

  • http://twitter.com/DennisMcMaster Dennis McMaster

    The same liberals that swear it would be impossible to locate and deport 15 million illegal aliens believe it is possible to locate and confiscate 300 million guns.

  • Silenttype78

    I send my kids to school everyday with fingers crossed.
    It would be comforting to know that the people I trust to protect my children actually could protect them

    • Michael Hampton

      Or shoot them.

      • Silenttype78

        What would stop them now?

        • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

          The fact that they are not carrying guns.

          • Silenttype78

            So…teachers in your area are so mentally unstable they probably shouldn’t even be allowed near children to begin with.

          • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

            I guess you don’t know that the majority of shootings by armed citizens are either self inflicted wounds or friendly fire on a neighbor or family member.

          • Silenttype78

            So…they cannot be taught gun safety?

          • Michael Hampton

            Apparently not. “More than 1/3 of accidental shootings of children occur in the homes of friends or relatives.”

          • Silenttype78

            So… you know for a fact that each and every one of these incidents occurred after the gun owner had completed a gun safety course?

          • http://twitter.com/Farmer62 Larry Womble

            Show me stats on that statment.

          • Michael Hampton

            No matter what source I quote, you will say that it is too liberal to be believed. Look for yourself.

          • Ronald

            I would look at it. If you really have the evidence, let’s see it.

          • Ronald

            I would look at it. If you really have the evidence, let’s see it.

          • http://twitter.com/Farmer62 Larry Womble

            Show me stats on that statment.

          • Hat Whit

            Ummm but these are not mass killings you speak of. You are talking about gun accidents.

          • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

            Does it matter? If guns are in teacher’s desks, there are going to be accidents.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            You certainly make a lot of ASSumptions about things…why would you think the guns would be stored in the desks?

          • mike_in_kosovo

            OMG…you’re using Kellerman as a source?

            *shakes head*

            You poor, poor thing… no wonder you’re so clueless.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fred.rennie Fred Rennie

            Time to stop battling wits. After all you are only Half armed.

          • http://www.facebook.com/fred.rennie Fred Rennie

            Can you state for a fact they are not carrying guns. No. So again stop trying to think logically.

          • 1SkepticalChick

            An illegal gun is just as portable as a legal one. So, yeah, nothing would stop them. Except all those other people with guns.

          • 1SkepticalChick

            An illegal gun is just as portable as a legal one. So, yeah, nothing would stop them. Except all those other people with guns.

  • Silenttype78

    I send my kids to school everyday with fingers crossed.
    It would be comforting to know that the people I trust to protect my children actually could protect them

  • fmahoney

    Why don’t you people just say it!!! You want Guns, 100 round clips, and explosives to fight the federal government not to protect your home. Have the balls to say what you really feel and stop hiding behind home protection!

    I thought Orielly program yesterday finally had a guest who stated it plain and clear. These guns are for a fight with the federal government.

    Stop Gun violence. How many more mothers and fathers have to burry their young. Your right to guns do not supersede another persons right to life and liberty

    • Silenttype78

      You don’t know it, but the original intent of having armed citizens was to fight the fed government.
      Stop your histrionic behavior.
      You don’t want a gun? Fine, but your irrational belief that guns are the problem shouldn’t impact my freedom to own one…or many.

      • fmahoney

        Actually I do , but it’s foundation come from across the pond.

        • Silenttype78

          Ah… what?
          I am not sure what you are trying to say here.

          The framers believed that an armed society is a free society.

          They certainly were not setting out to establish a tyrannical government,but wanted to ensure that United States citizens were armed against that possibility.
          I have no idea what you said or thought you were saying.
          I doubt you have any idea either.

    • Sean

      And your opinion does not entitle you to infringe on our Constitutional right to defend our life and liberties, whether threatened by a home intruder, a lunatic in public or an intrusive government.

      • fmahoney

        Fear, greed and hate are the greatest enemy of any civilized society. What would have become of America if the south would have won the war? Another 200 years of slavery? Free labor? Talk about competing with China, year baby. Flat screen televisions manufactured with free labor?

    • dkhilly

      Do a little research, multiple studies have shown guns are much more frequently used by citizens to stop crimes than to commit them. It surprises people because stopped crimes don’t get into the “if it bleeds, it leads” news reports like the commited crimes do.

      • fmahoney

        I don’t have a problem and most sessile people do not have a problem with a gun to defend yourself or your family. But do you need a 100 round clip? Do you need a bushmaster? All you gun enthusiast know just how easy it is to turn any semi automatic gun into fully automatic.

        Multiple studies and and billions of dollars also said and bet their money that Romney would win by a landslide. The experts on Fox news. The reality is studies also show that if you need more then two 16 round clips in a semi automatic hand gun your not protecting yourself your in a small war/gun-battle.

        Unfortunately Rick Perry’s law will come back to bite him. Chicken will come home to roost I assure you.

        • dkhilly

          I hope I never “need” anything to get me through a war/battle situation…but I also know there are ranchers along the southern border who are fighting small wars and gun battles with drug cartels, that probably hoped the same thing.

        • ceemack

          It saddens me to think that during an election, the vote of someone with your level of ignorance counts every bit as much as mine.

          When you say “bushmaster”, I presume you’re referring more generically to AR-15 clones, which are the semi-auto versions of the M-16 rifles and M-4 carbines used by the U.S. military. Did you know that these are are and away the most popular type of rifle in the United States? Did you know that these rifles keep winning the annual national high-power rifle matches? Did you know that law enforcement and military personnel benefit directly from the huge selection of parts and accessories, buying them off the shelf in the civilian market?

          Your assertion that it’s “easy” to turn any semi automatic gun into a full-auto weapon is absurd, and I’m speaking as someone who has built AR-15s from the ground up. That’s actually extremely difficult, as federal requirements force civilian-market semi-autos to be built in such a way that full-auto components cannot be substituted for semi-auto parts. In a couple of cases, you could remove or heavily modify the disconnector and turn the gun into a runaway–pull the trigger once and it empties itself automatically–but weapon becomes uncontrollable.

          And for heaven’s sake, they’re magazines, not clips.

          • fmahoney

            Let me get this right I need to be an authority on guns to vote???

            Did I know? Did I know? I don’t care to know that much i know those guns make it easy to kill children and is not needed for personal security. Any old 9mm with an extra clip can do the job.

            What will you guys do or say when the snipers start cutting down innocent people from 50 yards away??? Oh Oh if we get the teachers sniper training with 50cal we can solve that problem. If a war zone is what you want good luck, please this war zone in texas by Perry’s home. You do remember the DC sniper

            Thank God people like me vote against clown like you. clip mag you got the point the end results, death to the innocent.

          • mike_in_kosovo

            Let me get this right I need to be an authority on guns to vote???

            No, of course not…we all know that libs are the least informed voters, so why should be expect you to know what you’re voting for or talking about?

            Did I know? Did I know? I don’t care to know that much i know those guns make it easy to kill children and is not needed for personal security. Any old 9mm with an extra clip can do the job.

            You have a bad habit of stating your feelings as if they’re fact. Maybe you should see a mental health professional about that.

            What will you guys do or say when the snipers start cutting down
            innocent people from 50 yards away??? Oh Oh if we get the teachers
            sniper training with 50cal we can solve that problem.

            Ah, yes…your usual argument by hyperbole, and as usual, devoid of sense or fact.

            If a war zone is what you want good luck, please this war zone in texas by Perry’s home. You do remember the DC sniper

            Funny how you’re against violence until someone disagrees with you…then you want them shot by a sniper.

            Thank God people like me vote against clown like you. clip mag you got the point the end results, death to the innocent.

            And just *WHERE* in the US are you living, that the police are unarmed as you stated in another post? Enlighten us.

            The reason for the deaths of the innocent are the victim disarmament zones created and endorsed by people like you.

          • fmahoney

            Let me get this right I need to be an authority on guns to vote???

            Did I know? Did I know? I don’t care to know that much i know those guns make it easy to kill children and is not needed for personal security. Any old 9mm with an extra clip can do the job.

            What will you guys do or say when the snipers start cutting down innocent people from 50 yards away??? Oh Oh if we get the teachers sniper training with 50cal we can solve that problem. If a war zone is what you want good luck, please this war zone in texas by Perry’s home. You do remember the DC sniper

            Thank God people like me vote against clown like you. clip mag you got the point the end results, death to the innocent.

          • Zane Henry

            The absolute thick-headedness of the anti-gun crowd positively amazes me. All I’ve heard all friggin day long is how pistol grips are to blame.

            FFS!?!?! Pistol grips? These fainting daisies are limitless in their witlessness.

          • Zane Henry

            The absolute thick-headedness of the anti-gun crowd positively amazes me. All I’ve heard all friggin day long is how pistol grips are to blame.

            FFS!?!?! Pistol grips? These fainting daisies are limitless in their witlessness.

    • Stacey Hanna

      burry, what is that? oh and by the way, just having a 40 caliber pistol with about 6 rounds in the clip (it was not full) made a WANTED CRIMINAL think again about breaking into my house. He was my neighbor, and he was picked up within a few days and deported to Mexico where he was wanted for child rape. I have three little girls. I think my mommy instinct kicked in pretty well.

    • arrow2010

      Why don’t you check yourself into a mental health facility STAT.

    • arrow2010

      Why don’t you check yourself into a mental health facility STAT.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Go, Gov. Perry!!!

  • ABoleynGirl

    Good for Gov Perry! I don’t see my Gov following suit.

    I just don’t know how much good I will be able to do if I have to confront an armed intruder if I’m unarmed.

    Everyone gets mad at me when I say this at school.

  • $35072932

    Opposing view: Eliminate ‘gun-free zone’ regulations
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2012/12/16/gun-free-zones-larry-pratt/1773473/

    In addition to the gunman, blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut (and most other states). They are the ones who made it illegal to defend oneself with a gun in a school when that is the only effective way of resisting a gunman.

    What a lethal, false security are the “gun-free zone” laws. Virtually all mass murders in the past 20 years have occurred in gun-free zones. The two people murdered several days earlier in a shopping center in Oregon were also killed in a gun-free zone.

    One measure of insanity is repeating the same failure time after time, hoping that the next time the failure will turn out to be a success. Gun-free zones are a lethal insanity.

    Israel finally came to grips with this in the early 1970s and have decisively stopped these attacks after a busload of children was massacred by Muslim terrorists. When I was there in the late 1990s, if you saw a busload of students, you saw at least one young teacher with a machine gun protecting the groups of students.

    The Israelis have decisively stopped these school-related attacks and proved they want to live. Do we?

    Which of these signs will prevent another tragedy?
    http://i46.tinypic.com/33duond.jpg

    Make your own Gun Free Zone
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhgzcioPet8&feature=player_detailpage

  • $35072932

    Why I’m against gun control
    http://dailycaller.com/2012/12/17/why-im-against-gun-control/

    The main problem with gun-control laws is that they don’t work. Florida State University criminology professor Gary Kleck, a political liberal and one-time supporter of gun-control laws, has been studying guns and their effect on violence and crime since 1976. What he’s found is that gun-control laws have no net effect on violence or crime rates, because the benefits of widespread gun ownership cancel out the costs.

    And there are benefits of widespread gun ownership. For one, guns deter criminals. Burglars are less likely to target occupied homes or businesses in countries with high rates of gun ownership than they are in countries with low rates of gun ownership, probably because they don’t want to get shot. Guns also level the playing field between victims and their attackers, who tend to be young men.

    Gun-control laws might be worth pursuing if they stood a chance of taking guns out of criminals’ hands. But they don’t, for two reasons.

    First, criminals rarely obey laws.

    Second, there are close to 300 million privately owned firearms in the U.S.

    The government wouldn’t be able to eliminate this enormous stock of guns — buy-back programs would only go so far and straight-up confiscation would violate the Fourth Amendment. Meanwhile, illegal guns would flood into the U.S. from other countries.

  • $35072932

    Lesson Of Sandy Hook, Clackamas — Ban Gun-Free Zones
    http://news.investors.com/ibd-editorials/121712-637367-sandy-hook-tragedy-prevented-at-clackamas.htm

    Gun Laws: Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy.

    From Virginia Tech to a movie theater in Aurora, Colo., to a school in Newtown, Conn., such mass shootings are usually in venues declaring themselves gun-free zones.

    Other mass shootings — from a high school shooting by in Pearl, Miss., to the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, Colo., which took place before the massacre in Aurora — have been cut short when someone retrieved a gun from a car or elsewhere and confronted the shooter.

    President Obama, in the middle of genuinely moving remarks, managed to inject a subliminal need for gun control. We can expect to be lectured about gun rights and gun control by an administration that funneled the same type of weapons used at Sandy Hook to Mexican drug cartels in the Fast and Furious scandal.

  • The_Original

    I know someone who consults on security issues. He said that schools and churches are the most vulnerable. He actually trains schools and churches how to secure themselves without being really blatant about it.

  • Marshall Schreve

    There are more than 250,000 concealed carry license holders in Texas. Not all of them are qualified to act in an emergency situation, or to react sensibly under a stressful situation. Texas should offer an “Advanced Carry” license for those that can pass a more detailed and strenuous test. The “Advanced Carry” license holders could be trained somewhere between the basic CHL and the training of a commissioned officer. They would then be allowed to carry a concealed firearm in more places, and would be expected to render aid during a crisis. It might be possible to put 50,000 more responsible Texans

    • fmahoney

      This is a common sense approach and that all we are asking for a discussion and common sense approach.

      We all saw how many people got shot in NYC by police trying to put down one guy with a 45 caliber.

      What happens when you walk out a store see a gun battle taking place and can’t tell who is the good guy or the bad guy. You shoot and ask questions later.

      Why reinvent the wheel, the countries with stronger gun laws have less gun violence! The killer’s mother buys guns for protection and sports shooting. Her son kills her with the same guns and 20 children. We don’t need make believe we have reality and this reality does not work for most american in this democracy.

      • ceemack

        Countries that have passed strict new gun control laws (e.g. the U.K and Australia) have experienced sizable increases in murder rates.

        And nations with much stricter gun control laws than ours (like Canada and Norway) have also experienced mass shootings.

        There have been three fairly recent cases where would-be mass shooters were stopped by civilians with guns. This is, in fact, the only empirically-proven way of stopping mass shootings or dramatically reducing the number of casualties.

        • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

          Please note the Cato Institutes findings http://popparollo.blogspot.com/2012/12/aiming-for-our-guns.html

        • fmahoney

          Are you people really that stupid to do this type of comparison??? Tell me this is some type of sick joke?

          The UK and Australia combined have less the 100 deaths by guns

          America has almost 10,000 per year

          America is killing more people in a week the both of these countries kill in a year.

          You must be from Texas

      • Squander Two

        I’m British, and I lived in Scotland at the time of the Dunblane shooting. I remember clearly, during the subsequent debates, how a handful of experts, including police officers, kept calmly insisting that banning handguns would lead directly and quickly to a rise in the amount of crime committed using handguns. Those people were of course shouted down and we banned handguns. And then events proved them right. Countries with stronger gun laws have less gun violence? We in Britain have thoroughly debunked that myth. You should learn from our experience. Lord knows, someone should, and we refuse to.

  • http://www.facebook.com/michael.hadsell.7 Michael Hadsell

    There are no STRANGERS carrying guns. In FLorida we all go through a background check before being issued our permits–on top of taking classes for safety. NONE of this shootings were done by CWP holers

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    This from a man who lost to Michelle Bachmann. This from a man who is Governor of a state with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in the land while pushing abstinence only education. This from a man who tried to pray away a drought while Texans suffered without any assistance from the government. Ha! Really?

    • lonestar

      You are either a liar or an idiot. Spreading false stories doesn’t make them true.

      • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

        Actually, a simple google search will show that all three of those statements are true. Saying that they aren’t doesn’t make them go away.

        http://www.austinchronicle.com/news/2011-10-28/just-say-no/

        http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/As-fires-drought-take-toll-on-Texas-Perry-urges-1690786.php

        http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71554.html

      • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

        If Texas is so bad…Why are so many people moving here?

        • Michael Hampton

          Gluttons for punishment?

          • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

            Really!?!–LOL—sounds like you liberals are gluttons for punishment

          • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

            BTW– notice those scores posted for Texas in the feed

          • Michael Hampton

            I lived there when I was younger. My nephews still live there. I moved away from there when I was 25. A few years ago, I was sent back to Dallas by a company I was working for. It was unbearable how horrible the state had become. The Mayor of Dallas distributed garbage cans to the huge mass of homeless people who live in the park out in front of city hall and told them that these receptacles had locks so that their meager belongings wouldn’t be out in the open. After the homeless people put their belongings in the receptacles, the city went around and threw them all away in the middle of the night.

          • mechanic540

            Ya, that whole Jobs thing is WAY over rated.Just ask all those EX Californians when you see them.

    • fmahoney

      Your forgetting a major one the least educated in the union. Statistically the dumbest state in the united states. You can imagine a good deal of them cannot even read the gun instructions.

      President of the USA? I don’t think so keep those stupid ideas in Texas

      • mike_in_kosovo

        Your forgetting a major one the least educated in the union. Statistically the dumbest state in the united states.

        And yet again, you show that you run your mouth without knowing what you’re talking about:

        2011 Texas education stats (source nces.ed.gov):

        Scale Score, Grade 4 Math
        Texas: 240 National: 239

        Scale Score, Grade 8 Math
        Texas: 287 National: 282

        Scale Score, Grade 4 Reading
        Texas: 220 National: 220

        Scale Score, Grade 8 Reading
        Texas: 261 National: 261

        Scale Score, Grade 4 Science
        Texas: 150 National: 149

        Scale Score, Grade 8 Science
        Texas: 143 National: 147

        Scale Score, Grade 4 Writing
        Texas: 154 National: 153

        Scale Score, Grade 8 Writing
        Texas: 151 National: 154

        • mechanic540

          Shhh, don’t spook him with facts, he might go on a rampage in a nunnery or something.

      • Silenttype78

        “People in glass houses should not throw stones”.

        Your writing skills are kind of poor.
        No….they are horrible!
        I would not go around calling other people illiterate if I were you.

      • mechanic540

        And Your Qualification for the job are WHAT exactly?

    • mechanic540

      You just like making stuff up to feel better about yourself I take it? Job well done then.

  • quillerm

    The Justice Department flooded Mexico with thousands of assault rifles. Where was the outrage?

  • http://www.righthook38.com righthook38

    If I ever move out of my state, I’m moving to Texas….

  • Squander Two

    Like everyone else who thinks banning things works, James Rowland is missing the point. Right now, anyone who wants to can carry a gun into a school. That was just demonstrated very clearly in Newtown. So the question shouldn’t be “Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit” but “Given that we can’t really stop determined people taking guns into schools, when they do, do we want them to face a challenge or have a free run?”

  • stevenmarkpilling

    It should be noted that Governor Perry never said he supported strangers with guns wandering freely through schools. Good grief! That’s a great example of how liberals will deliberately distort words in order to make an illicit, emotional case.

    • mechanic540

      That come from drowning brain cells with too much Kool-Aid.

  • http://twitter.com/Popparollo67 Mike Kent

    Please note the Cato Institutes findings http://popparollo.blogspot.com

  • http://texasscribbler.com Dick Stanley

    Perry’s one of the good guys. G-d bless Texas.

  • Lady 12

    I am so jealous of Texas. My home state governor is one of the idiots telling police not to take any real action against people smoking weed in public. Such a contrast…

  • mechanic540

    So exactly HOW did this guy lose to Mittens in the Primary? Oh right, Romney had the experience,LOL.

  • Joseph Pickett

    do we really want to have complete strangers who are psychos entering our schools and putting bullets in the heads of 7 year olds? If not, I think a gun in the hands of another stranger inside the school is not so bad.

  • Bandit

    Sorry but giving school officials access to guns will lead to kids getting raped at gunpoint in about 30 seconds.

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Yes, of course…because the adults can’t *already* overpower the student without a gun.
      /s

    • mike_in_kosovo

      Yes, of course…because the adults can’t *already* overpower the student without a gun.
      /s

    • David Kachel

      PLEASE!!! Tell me this is some sort of sick joke and you are not REALLY this stupid!!

  • Bandit

    Sorry but giving school officials access to guns will lead to kids getting raped at gunpoint in about 30 seconds.

  • lana ward

    20 dead babies would be alive if the teachers had had guns. ALL teachers should carry guns, even in “gun free” schools!!

  • lana ward

    20 dead babies would be alive if the teachers had had guns. ALL teachers should carry guns, even in “gun free” schools!!

  • Rodney Brungardt

    “Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit.”

    Sounds good to me because concealed carry permit holders are the most trustworthy gun owners in the country. Of the millions of CCW holders, only 3 or 4 have ever used their guns in committing a crime.
    I live in the very gun friendly state of South Dakota and we have never had a mass shooting here, to many regular citizens carrying a firearm and we shoot back. One of the safest states in the US!!!

  • Rodney Brungardt

    “Do we really want to allow complete strangers to be able to carry a gun in our schools just because they have a permit.”

    Sounds good to me because concealed carry permit holders are the most trustworthy gun owners in the country. Of the millions of CCW holders, only 3 or 4 have ever used their guns in committing a crime.
    I live in the very gun friendly state of South Dakota and we have never had a mass shooting here, to many regular citizens carrying a firearm and we shoot back. One of the safest states in the US!!!

  • Martin2717

    Obviously these two clowns, Terri Neal and Kelley don’t represent Texas. They can kiss mine as well and leave. Texas will be better off. I agree with our Governor Perry on this one.