Gov. Rick Perry issued a firm response to President Barack Obama’s sweeping gun violence package moments after it was announced Wednesday, saying the proposal has little to do with curbing mass shootings and charged the left with using tragedy to propel its anti-gun agenda.
The president announced the $500 million package during an 11 a.m. press conference, one month after a gunman shot and killed 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The plan is the most comprehensive gun control package to be considered in more than two decades.
“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,” reads Perry’s statement.
President Obama charged Vice President Joe Biden with heading a task force to suggest “common-sense” changes to current firearm policy in the wake of the Newtown massacre. In his response, Perry distinctively placed himself opposite the plan.
“The Vice President’s committee was appointed in response to the tragedy at Newtown, but very few of his recommendations have anything to do with what happened there,” reads the response. “Guns require a finger to pull the trigger. The sad young man who did that in Newtown was clearly haunted by demons and no gun law could have saved the children in Sandy Hook Elementary from his terror.”