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.