Leading pro-gun political conservatives served up heaping portions of rhetorical red meat to National Rifle Association members at their 142nd annual convention in Houston, with Texas Gov. Rick Perry telling the crowd that the “correct response” to horrific gun violence like the mass shooting in Newtown, Ct., “is not another federal law that criminals will go around anyway,” reports the Houston Chronicle. Perry accused President Obama of wanting to “disarm the American public.” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said the Obama administration had cut $300 million in school safety funding, although the president included money for more school resource officers in his rollout of proposals in response to the Newtown shooting.
Perry, Cruz. and other speakers said Obama and his allies were using the Newtown massacre as a pretext to dust off gun control proposals while avoiding what they termed were real solutions to violent incidents. Among their solutions: Greater mental health care and pinpointing of potentially violent individuals, armed school safety personnel, and more prosecutions of felons and fugitives who try to buy firearms. NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre accused the news media of being in league with Obama, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and others in a “vicious effort to attack the Second Amendment.”