Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) has revealed his own plan for combating America's violence problem -- and it differs from President Barack Obama's on a key point. Specifically, the former presidential candidate said that instead of enacting tougher gun control legislation, Americans should simply pray for protections.
Obama unveiled new gun legislation Wednesday, recommending a host of Congressional measures supplemented by 23 executive actions to be carried out immediately.
The announcement, which may be the most sweeping effort to tighten laws in a generation, marked the culmination of a month-long review process led by Vice President Joe Biden.
In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S. but said enacting tougher gun laws was not the right way to solve it, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Perry said that there was "evil prowling" in the world that has appeared in television and movies, and then found its way into vulnerable minds.
"As a free people, let us choose what kind of people we will be. Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice. Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children."
Perry also assailed the liberal media and politicians for attempting to use the Sandy Hook shooting for a political end "that would not have saved those children," according to the Chronicle.
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Wonderful. A government official who basically renounces the efficacy of government in favor of prayer to a supernatural being who is notoriously not in evidence, yet is supposed to cure ALL of our ills and bring some kind of golden age. The naivete, irresponsibility and idiotic presumption Rick Perry displays in this instance simply goes beyond the pale. I mean, why should we need a government at all? Just pray to Perry's god and we should all be good to go, right? That's worked fine in the past, hasn't it?
Instead of praying, a funny filosopher with imagination, willing to take risks in thought, creativity, and exploration, Dennett makes sense out of non-sense world. Happy thinking! It works a lot better than praying. Just look around us.
Big Thinkers - Daniel Dennett [Philosopher]
Ooooo, dirty word, Joan - THINKING! Rick Perry can't deal with thought, never mind critical thought. Too hard, WAY too hard! Much easier to pray. Yeah, yeah, that's the ticket ... [groan!]
Great video, BTW!
The saddest part is that they train their kids in this type of thinking from Day 1. I escaped, sure, but it gets harder all the time.
Oh! get real! "God is bigger than the boogie man!" The propaganda machine!
However, god apparently is not bigger than Katrina, the hottest year on record, the wars ... all over the Earth, or famine, homelessness, disease, dominionism, greed, and hubris. For these it takes sensible, critical, focused thought and action.
"God works in mysterious ways."
Nope! Just takes more trust in god, Joan. Where is your faith?
There is a reason strongly religious politicians do nothing worthwhile to improve the world. They think Jealous Sky-Toddler is going to do it for them.
The wholly, holy, macho, man is testing the limits of his intellect once again. Is there an emptier suit in all of American politics than Rick Perry? Frightening prospect, if there is.
Did anyone tell this idiot that by being a xtian does not make you bulletproof? Ask the student at Columbine who asked if she believed in G'd and was killed.
BTW, it later came out that she was into witchcraft. Either way she lost.
Have you heard about the recent republican sneak vote to redistrict the votes in Virginia? http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/dc-politics/hed/2013/01/23/4e01...
Yup. Rachel Maddow has been covering it for a while now.
I just signed a petition to veto the bill.
I would, but I'm in a different state. We'll have a lot of stupid stuff coming through, once our new jackass governor takes over, though.
Well, he's already in place, but the state congress hasn't done much of anything, yet. Give them a few more weeks, and we'll have all of the stuff that got vetoed under the old governor coming right back around.