Just When You Thought It Was Safe . . .


Just when Former Texas Rick was beginning to fade into the seas of ignorance after his blunders in the Presidential Debates, he rises from the depths of stupidity to land on the shores of absurdity. Recently, Perry stated he thought trained gun owners should be allowed to carry guns into theaters. As a former military man, Perry should know better. Nevertheless, he raised his foot and inserted it firmly in his mouth; how he remained standing is anyone’s guess considering his other foot is still there after his debate fiasco.

Military weapons training and state gun training are far different things, which Perry should know. A dark theater packed even licensed gun carriers is a  recipe for disaster. Why? First of all, no one is expecting it. Two, the perpetrator must be located. Third, collateral nonparticipants must be identified or they die in a crossfire of bullets. Even police officers professionally trained in specific target identification, find the task of making split-second decisions difficult as a moment’s hesitation can mean a life or death moment for the perpetrator or an innocent bystander.

Unfortunately, without some type of military or police training the average gun owner does not have the type of experience required to be effective in mass shootings as the majority of deaths occur within the first minute of the assault. Unless the shooter is a sniper, more than likely they are mobile, which adds another level of difficulty and danger for bystanders. Apparently, Perry missed weapons training where if nothing else was clear “keep your weapon pointed down range” so you don’t a fellow soldier or the drill instructor.

Unless a killer walks around wearing a billboard and warning lights, it is highly unlikely anyone will see it coming making carrying a weapon a moot point as the damage will have been done and the best return fire can do is kill the shooter who more than likely planned to kill themselves or let the police do it for them. Even open carry laws are worthless for a spree killer. In that case, the killer comes from behind and does their damage before fire can be returned.

Nevertheless, despite Perrry’s brilliant display of ignorance, in Texas he is considered an intellectual.

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 30, 2015 at 5:20pm

What heart?

Comment by Daniel W on July 30, 2015 at 5:04pm

Bless his little heart.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on July 30, 2015 at 4:23pm

As the old saying goes, Perry couldn't pour piss out of a boot if the instructions were written on the heel.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 30, 2015 at 7:30am

Michael--We did the same. If no one was eating it then it wen to some who did. I gave up blood sports in my mid-thirties. I used to be a boxing fanatic. Now, I can't watch and never seriously think about seeing it. I guess I've graduated to the next level or I'm not the man's man. Wait a minute. Before disqualifying me from the Man's Man' Club, be it noted that i have four hand guns and a shotgun.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 30, 2015 at 6:48am

I was never much of a hunter, but I did deer hunt a couple of times. Never got one but will not turn down deer meat til this day. I'm OK with hunting and fishing as long as someone can use the meat or the catch. A fisherman I know used to come by here just to give us his catch. He simply liked to fish.

As for guns in a theater, once again I agree with you. I lived in Texas for 20 years and even wore boots (not cowboy) but Perry doesn't have a good mentality on this thing. More people would just end up being shot.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 30, 2015 at 5:18am

Michael--I used to hunt quail, pheasant, dove, rabbit and squirrel. They all ended up on the table or in the freezer. I always fished even though I didn't like to eat fish, I cleaned them and gave to neighbors did like fish. My father continued bird hunting until he was unable to continue. For me, my hunting ended on a good note for a hunter. After considerable badgering from my father and his friend I reluctantly went hunting on Thanksgiving morning.I was leave from the Army. In Kansas the limit on quail was 8 at that time. I shot 8 quail on 7 shots. My dad and his friend must have emptied two boxes of shells and managed only six birds between them.That was my last time hunting. I don't know why I quit, but I did. 

One of the most difficult things  to do in shooting circumstances is target acquisition. Collateral damage shouldn't happen bu it does. I believe it isn't right. But guns in a theater or anyplace where people gather only increases danger for the bystanders.

Comment by Michael Penn on July 29, 2015 at 10:03pm

I have military gun training and used to carry a 45 during the 1960's. I refuse state training now because I do not want concealed carry. I can tell you one thing. Allowing guns in a  movie theater is asking for trouble big time.

I agree with you fully, Donald.

Comment by Daniel W on July 29, 2015 at 9:47pm

I should apologize - I should not derail a discussion of Perry with comments about.  Anyway, Perry is dumb enough on his own. 

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 29, 2015 at 8:31pm

I have a license to carry and military training, but even with both there is little training that can prepare you for an ambush. In effect these attacks are ambushes, which by their very nature are meant to be surprising and unknown.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on July 29, 2015 at 8:23pm

Cruz's father is from Cuba and had some ripe things to say about Mexicans. Basically, he distanced himself from the general Latino community. Of course, Cruz is a typical political reaction following his to money while overlooking his own community although I'm sure he will be canvassing big time.

REASON: In a largely conservative state, the voices of reason drowned out. Yes, they are here, BUT--getting a stage is very difficult. Yet, many do, but they are discounted as dangerous liberals and worse.

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