Governor Perry Drops By East Dallas Gun Shop to Remind Us How Much He Loves Second Amendment, Hates Coyotes
Gov. Rick Perry said concealed handgun laws have made Texas safer during a campaign stop at McClelland Gun Shop yesterday afternoon while receiving endorsements from the National Rifle Association and the Texas State Rifle Association. He also continued to milk his story about killing a coyote with a handgun while jogging in April.
"I'm kinda fond of the Second Amendment so I can take care of my family's pets if need be," Perry said, triggering laughter and applause from a couple dozen supporters crammed into the front entrance of the store, which is tucked in a small shopping center east of White Rock Lake on Centerville Road. Shortly after the supposed incident, Perry said he shot the coyote because it moved toward his daughter's Labrador retriever.
Perry referenced his November opponent, former Houston Mayor Bill White, as representing "Obama-style politics" and later addressed the seemingly never-ending saga of whether he'll debate White. He continued to criticize White for not releasing his tax returns from before he was mayor, claiming White is running on his record as "a great businessman" and should be transparent about how he earned his riches.
"We gave him till midnight last night [to release his tax returns] or we said we wouldn't debate him, and I'm going to hold myself to what I said," Perry said.
A supporter told Perry that he shouldn't worry about White because "he ain't got a clue."
"Roger that," Perry replied.
The governor touted his support and the 2007 passage of SB 378, which created the Castle Doctrine. This law essentially gives Texans the right to shoot first and ask questions later when folks step on their property without permission. He also said Texas had only seven reciprocity agreements with states regarding concealed handguns when he took office, meaning citizens with licenses in Texas can carry guns in other states and vice versa, and now there are 42 such agreements.
"Here in Texas criminals have to think twice before they draw a gun because there's a good chance they're going to end up being outnumbered, and that's a good thing," he said.
After claiming that the economy in Texas has suffered because spending in Washington has frightened consumers to the point to where they are not spending or investing, it was time to end the presser with another coyote reference and plenty more laughs thanks to DMN'er Gromer Jeffers.
The gun Perry carries while jogging and claims he used to kill a coyote in April.
"Governor, before you go, I often run through my neighborhood in Oak Cliff, and you wouldn't believe the number of coyotes I see," Jeffers said.
The crowd went bonkers.
"That's another reason you should get your concealed handgun license now. Get it before it's too late, brother," Perry said.
The gun lovers on hand were literally eating this shit up at this point.
"We're in a gun shop," Jeffers said. "Why don't you recommend a gun for me"
"Well, I don't think you can go wrong with the Ruger LCP," Perry said. "I would highly recommend it with the Crimson Trace laser sight on it. I'm thinking you might not have had that much experience, so that will help you out a little bit. Just shoot where the dot is."
And ... political orgasm complete.
After Perry's appearance, his campaign sent out a lenghty missive calling White "no friend of gun owners," which you can find on the next page.