Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'
December 18th, 2012
10:55 AM ET
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Perry says concealed handgun license should extend 'anywhere'

(CNN) – Amid calls for tighter restrictions on guns following last week's deadly rampage in Connecticut, Texas Republican Gov. Rick Perry said at a tea party event Monday that anyone with a concealed handgun license in the Lone Star State should be able to take guns on public property – including schools.

"In the state of Texas, with our concealed handgun license, if you have been duly backgrounded and trained and you are a concealed handgun license carrying individual, you should be able to carry your handgun anywhere in this state," said Perry, who later added a person has the right to prohibit guns on their private property.

Provided they have the proper training and license, teachers should have "access to weapons in their school," Perry said. Individual school districts should be able to determine whether or not to allow firearms on their campuses, he said.

At least one school jurisdiction in Texas already allows teachers to carry guns – the Harrold school district, located 175 miles northwest of Dallas, began allowing its employees to carry guns in 2008, as long as they obtained the necessary license.

On Friday, the district's superintendent David Thweatt said the set-up meant his schools were doing everything they could to protect students.

"Is that 100%? No," Thweatt told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Nothing is 100%. But what we do know is that we've done all we can to protect our children."

The shooting Friday in Connecticut has sparked promises from several federal lawmakers to reintroduce tighter gun control measures, ranging from a reinstatement of a federal ban on assault weapons to banning the sale of high-capacity magazines.

Perry stipulated that lawmakers have a responsibility to "do everything we can to make sure that those types of evils are restricted the best that it can be," but that citizens should be wary of reactive decisions from the federal government.

"One of the things I hope we don't see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs that they come in and think they know the answer," Perry said.

On the day of the massacre, Perry requested his state's education commissioner review emergency operation plans in schools, saying it was "essential that we ensure all Texas schools are equipped and ready to carry out a strategic plan to secure the safety of students and staff in the event of a threat such as the one that occurred today."

At the event Monday, Perry also dropped a hint about his political future, including a potential sequel to his failed bid for the 2012 presidential nomination.

The Texas governor said his 2012 run, which ended January, was an "extraordinary experience," and that despite his loss, "I would do it again."

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soundoff (761 Responses)
  1. MateoNTejas

    Knee-jerk reaction? How would this be a knee-jerk reaction from the federal government. How many shootings have occurred in the past year? And what has the federal government done to those shootings? How many instances of gun violence do we need to get the federal government to do a "knee-jerk reaction"? 6, 12, or more?

    December 18, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. lkinaustin

    I just read a post from someone who referred to Rick Perry's "own home" – FYI, Rick Perry's "own home" is the Governor's Mansion owned by the taxpayers of the State of Texas. So it is NOT private property! This man is such an embarrassment to our state – I'll never understand how he keeps getting elected, re-elected, year after year. I wouldn't elect him dog catcher, but yet I think we're stuck with him because the rest of the country is smart enough to not elect him President!!

    December 18, 2012 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. lancemick

    Even an elementary school child could tell you that more guns do not equate to less gun deaths. Its elementary level math. More guns equates to more gun deaths.

    December 18, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. Dustin

    Teachers with guns doesn't seem like a great idea due to some of the potential problems people have mentioned, but I do not see harm in allowing select administrators/staff who do not actively work in the classroom carrying weapons. This could be a deterrent, especially at schools where law enforcement doesn't have a presence.

    December 18, 2012 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |

    To all Perry Haters: You probably did not pass the Concealed Handgun Training or you are afraid to pass this training?!!!! Just cover yourself under the blanket, coward!!! hahaha!!!

    December 18, 2012 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
    Thank you for providing us a sample witless response to a discussion referencing 26 people recently murdered. Have a nice day.

    December 18, 2012 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  6. LittleBearFN

    Make illegal semi-automatc weaponry. Allow concealed weapons 'everywhere.' You don't need anything else to protect yourself than a 'regular gun.. If a similar scenario happens, you generally have a single target. The gunman more than likely has multiple... (see what I am getting at?)

    December 18, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Sacmar

    I'm not sure arming teachers is the answer. What if the wrong student gets the gun? What if a teacher flips out? I think the answer lies in the laws. Ban certain guns, have stronger checks, take someone's gun or guns away if they seem like a threat. Also, maybe we need to put more police officers in the schools. Seeing a cop car parked outside is a great deterrant.

    December 18, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  8. Stan Doodle

    What an idiot. But having said that, Rick at least has the foolhardy ignorance to say these stupid things, compared to the silent, evil NRA.

    December 18, 2012 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  9. drod

    Someone please tell Perry to shut up!!!

    December 18, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  10. Alex in Wisconsin

    Yes yes, Mr Perry, we know. the way to a safer america is three things. Less Government, More guns, and....what was the third one?? ooops

    Seriously, we all saw the level of intelligence this man possesses. Are we really taking this idea seriously? More guns just means more people shooting at each other. Does the possibility of a teacher going crazy not cross these people's mind? Or did the Fox News audience not hear the story of the man who shot up a car full of unarmed teenagers because of loud music and the "threat" of them having a gun? One of those teenagers is dead, the other three are probably traumatized for life. This isn't the wild west anymore, this is the 21st century.

    December 18, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  11. drod

    OOPS Perry and a few more Republican clowns can help the Democrats tremendously in 2016. Go Perry!

    December 18, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  12. Tony

    If schooling were market-based instead of state-run, different schools could have different gun/security policies, and would compete for parents' business based on safety. You might have a school where some teachers carry and get regular training. Another school might have security guards, or some kind of airport-like security perimeter, etc. Who knows what kind of innovations may arise.

    December 18, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. xnothinbutthetruth

    "What if at least one or two teachers were armed. They would of had a chance."

    They would have had a chance to have such tragedies every day of the school year - yippee.

    December 18, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  14. lkinaustin

    Perry is the Lord of the dumb. No wonder on one intelligent supported him during the Repub. primaries. What if a teacher decided to pull the trigger on the students on the day she has menopause.

    The above is a quote from another poster – I get the message, but I had to laugh. The DAY she has menopause??? That is hysterical!! That process takes years, my friend – lots of people would be in danger for a LONG, LONG time!!! LOL!!!

    December 18, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    So let's see. Arm the teachers. Arm the movie theater ushers. Arm the sales cleks in shopping malls. Arm our political candidates. Pretty soon we can have Syria.

    December 18, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "Outlaw, guns, fertilizer etc and it will not stop"

    You do realize that ferilizer has a useful, societally beneficial purpose other than blowing things up, right? Whereas guns have but one purpose/use only, that being to kill things? Besides, everyone knows fertilizer survived being regulated because it's what comes out of the GOP/Teatrolls mouths on a constant, daily basis.

    December 18, 2012 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  17. roro

    Perry has already threatened to secede from the union, and I sincerely hope Texas does. They are the most ignorant, belligerent, gun-toting varmints in the country. Rep. Louie Gohmert is the biggest jackhole in Congress. They all seem to think that they're still in the wild west. They all need to be civilized.

    December 18, 2012 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    Tennessee recently proposed a law where you could carry a gun into a bar: does anyone see where this MIGHT cause problems?

    December 18, 2012 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  19. jaywingfuller

    Let's see. In 2009, at Fort Hood TX, a military base, a man kills 13 and wounds 29. At a military base, where he was surrounded by people with and trained to use guns. And somehow, these idiots think that putting more guns Anywhere will stop these mass killings? Really? REALLY? Did it help at Fort Hood TX - a military base, where everyone has and knows how to use a gun? What is the reasoning here? Where is the logic? The answer is simple: these idiots are more in love with their guns than they are with children, mothers, sisters and common sense.

    December 18, 2012 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  20. Socalmcgraw

    It would appear that Perry is in intellectually deficient lock step with Sen. Gohmert (R-TX). If only the Principal had an M-4 carbine or a pistol. Can we be assured that she would be a skilled shooter to not hit kids in the background of her target. A concealed weapon is not a deterrent for an act like this. Adam Lanza had a psychotic break that defies the logic of being frightened away they the possibility of a school official or anyone else having a weapon. It's about availability and access of weapons, not the type, that makes it so easy to default to grab a gun and do harm. None of this is the full answer. There is so much more to consider.

    December 18, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  21. ghostriter

    The number of police officers who have died in the line of duty in 2011 has increased 14% nationwide from last year, according to The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

    "We're hearing about more brazen, violent activity today, more cold-blooded murders," said Craig Floyd, chairman and CEO of the fund.

    The shooting death of a New York police officer early Monday morning marks the 166th death nationwide in the past 11 months, up from last year's 146, Floyd said.
    This most recent killing comes just days after the murder of Virginia Tech University police officer Deriek W. Crouse. That death shook a campus still reeling from a 2007 shooting rampage that killed 32 people.

    Since last week's shooting at Virginia Tech, three other police officers have been shot and killed, including Figoski, Floyd said.

    "For the first time in 14 years, firearms-related deaths will outnumber traffic and 'other'-related deaths," Floyd said.

    A National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund preliminary report said that in 2011, 62 law enforcement deaths are attributed to firearms, 60 deaths are attributed to traffic-related instances and 44 are attributed to other causes. This likely will not be the final tally. The full statistical report will be released December 28.

    December 18, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  22. chauncey

    Is this where we are headed as a Nation? Teachers carrying handguns in the classroom.

    December 18, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  23. Bob

    Rick Perry proves once again what an idiot he is.

    December 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  24. RufusD.

    For those that believe the answer is to have principals and teachers armed, here are some very plausible questions:
    1. What if they miss, and accidently kill a student?
    2. Is principal/teacher liable for accidently killing student?
    3. Who pays for principal/teacher's emotional distress and guilt for accidently killing student?
    4. Knowing the principal has a gun, what if the shooter goes straight to principal's office, kills principal and takes their gun and extra ammo?
    5. To whom are the school's guns registered to? Exactly who get's to use them?
    6. Should taxpayers be forced to pay more to meet school staff's demand for more compensation for gun training and presence of gun?
    7. What if principal/teacher is misidentified to law enforcement and are shot and/or killed?
    8. If principal/teacher fail at stopping at least 1 death, are they open to lawsuits from victim's parents?

    December 18, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  25. paul teague

    Yes, Ricky I am sure the teachers at Sandy Hook would have been quite successful gunning down a fully body-armored guy with a machine gun by using a state-issued 9mm handgun. Where does the GOP find such nincompoops?

    December 18, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
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