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Rick Perry Says Prayer, Not Gun Control, Will Keep American Children Safe From Violence

6:12 pm - 01/17/2013

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.

This is not the first time the outspoken governor has launched rhetorical assaults on "secularism." In September, Perry unloaded a blistering attack against those who believe strongly in a separation of church and state.

"Satan runs across the world with his doubt and with his untruths and what have you, and one of the untruths out there that is driven -- is that people of faith should not be involved in the public arena," Perry said on a conference call with Rick Scarborough.

Perry's appreciation for prayer is also well-documented. He endorsed and helped organize a "Christian-only" prayer event in August at Houston's Reliant Stadium that drew the ire of the Freedom from Religion Foundation organization.

This idea that prayer is the ultimate protection, even against guns, has been circulated among the conservative Christian community in the aftermath of the Newtown shooting.

Bryan Fischer, an executive with the American Family Association, said God did not protect the victims of one of the deadliest school shootings in American history because children and teachers were not allowed to pray for protection in the classroom.

nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
We very much need a better governor! Hell, any one would be better than this preening moron!
nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
I can't even contemplate a move to Austin with him as governor. Then again, I'm from WA and would be giving up an awful lot politically so maybe I'll stay put anyway. I'll still encourage him to quit though!
nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
He is the single biggest embarrassment to this state. I can't figure out how he got elected.

Just FYI...Austin is, ironically, one the most liberal areas of the state.
nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, I know, but that's also where the Capital is as well as the Governor's Mansion. I would have too hard of a time keeping myself away from civil disobedience. Probably best that I stay in my liberal bubble. *hugs Seattle*
nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 10:07 pm (UTC)
I stay in my liberal bubble as well: Houston.
girl_fusion 18th-Jan-2013 12:38 am (UTC)
Is Houston very liberal? I would figure that they are very conservative down there because of all the oil companies and...things (not really sure what else is down there except traffic and never-ending construction). I live in Dallas, btw, and I guess we are slightly liberal up here too.
nitasee 19th-Jan-2013 07:03 pm (UTC)
Surprisingly enough, Houston is much more liberal than you would think. After all, our mayor is not only liberal but openly lesbian - and that last was a non-issue in the campaign. As one of my friends put it, only the national news made anything of her sexuality; the local media took it for granted. Many of the congressmen from the city are dems. (Of course, those from the the surrounding areas, like say Sugerland, aren't. But that's what they call "white flight".) The oil industry is of course, ultra conservative, but there's more to the city than just that.
ian_exclamation 17th-Jan-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)

It's funny you say that! A few years ago, his mansion caught fire and authorities were investigating it for arson. I don't know if they ever found the actual cause or not.
nikoel 17th-Jan-2013 10:40 pm (UTC)
Ooh! Intrigue!
nitasee 17th-Jan-2013 10:48 pm (UTC)
Yup. Unfortunately Perry wasn't in it at the time. It was the state governor's mansion, not one personally owned by Perry.

However, there was a big stink at the enormous rent the state of Texas was shelling out for Perry while the mansion was being renovated. Something tens-of-thousands per month.
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