Following President Obama's announcement on Wednesday of new proposals intended to curb gun violence in the U.S., Texas Governor Rick Perry released a statement saying Obama's remarks "disgust" him, and insisted "no gun law" could stop "evil individuals" intent on killing people.
What did Perry suggest we all do instead of passing new gun restrictions? Pray.
"Laws, the only redoubt of secularism, will not suffice," Perry said in a statement posted on the official Governor's Web site. "Let us all return to our places of worship and pray for help. Above all, let us pray for our children."
More from Perry:
"In fact, the piling on by the political left, and their cohorts in the media, to use the massacre of little children to advance a pre-existing political agenda that would not have saved those children, disgusts me, personally. The second amendment to the Constitution is a basic right of free people and cannot be nor will it be abridged by the executive power of this or any other president."
Clearly the Constitution permits a whole range of restrictions and limits to be imposed on potential and current gun owners.
Take the recent Heller v. DC Supreme Court decision, a landmark Second Amendment case. Justice Scalia conceded in his opinion that "dangerous and unusual" weapons that aren't "in common use" by the public can be regulated or banned. He also noted that “nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.”
NRA President Wayne LaPierre recently called for the creation of a database of mentally ill individuals unsuited to own a firearm, thereby restricting their rights under the second amendment. 38 states already require or authorize the use of certain mental health records for use in a firearm background check, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that tracks state level gun legislation.
Perry's only solution to prevent mass shootings, other than praying, is to let teachers carry guns into the classroom, something he suggested a week after the mass shooting in Newtown, Connecticut.