Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry was recently quoted as saying that if all moviegoers packed a piece, the experience of watching a movie in a darkened theater would be a safe and pleasant experience once again. Speaking in the aftermath of the Lafayette, Louisiana theater shooting, Perry said, “I truly believe, with all my heart, that a bunch of good guys carrying heat would discourage a bad guy from trying any crazy stuff.”
Such an idea “makes a lot of sense” under the Second Amendment, the 2016 Republican presidential candidate went on to say.
“Just think how much safer your daughter might feel if the fella taking her to the picture show was armed,” reasoned Perry, the father of two daughters. “It would, however add a whole new wrinkle to that old Mae West question ‘is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me!’ quipped Perry.
“But on a more serious note,” Perry added, “if any trouble were to start, you’d have a bunch of good guys ready to unload on the perpetrator. Any damage would significantly be lessened.”
A reporter asked Perry if a shootout in a darkened theater is really a good idea; wouldn’t it just add to the number of injuries and deaths? Perry was quick to respond, “No, because the projectionist would be trained to quickly turn on the lights.” “But what if all those armed moviegoers are bad shots and instead of striking the shooter they strike one another or innocent bystanders?” the reporter asked. Perry hesitated, “Now that would be a problem.”
It appears Donald Trump was right about the glasses.