Gun control advocates were quick to call for a clampdown on firearms following news of a shooting near the campus of Texas A&M University today. Speaking with Fox News soon after news of the shooting broke, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, sitting alongside Florida Gov. Rick Scott, seemed to suggest that gun ownership was a states’ rights issue, saying:

When it gets back to this issue of taking guns away from law abiding citizens and somehow know this will make our country safer, I don’t agree with that. I think most people in Texas don’t agree with that, and that is a state by state issue frankly that should be decided in the states and not again a rush to Washington, D.C. to centralize the decision making, and them to decide what is in the best interest for the citizens and the people of Florida and Texas. That’s for the people of these states to decide.

ThinkProgress interpreted Perry’s remark as a break with the National Rifle Association (but somehow overlooked any mention of the Second Amendment).

Politico, meanwhile, rushed out word that Perry had defended gun ownership, referring to Perry’s next line: “Texans, I will suggest to you, by and large a majority of them, a large majority of them, believe that law-abiding men and women should be able to have their weapons.”

So, was Perry actually suggesting that the Second Amendment was moot and individual states should be able to ban gun ownership, or was he simply rejecting the idea of federal gun control? As the ThinkProgress tweet spread, many gun control advocates welcomed their new if unlikely ally.

Followers of Politico from both sides of the gun control debate jumped on Perry.

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The governor tweeted his thoughts and prayers from his personal account soon after.

When the same brief video clip has both Second Amendment backers and gun control advocates angry, though, perhaps some clarification is in order.