I joined about 10-12 other bloggers, to include Andrew Breitbart, Matt Lewis, Roger Simon, Kathleen McKinley (Right Wing Sparkle) and Dr. Melissa Clouthier at Red’s Indoor Range (South) in Austin this afternoon for one of the most unusual and completely awesome campaign events that I have ever heard of — shooting guns with the governor of Texas.
This thing had security nightmare written all over it — especially the day after a crazed man opened fire on the steps of the Texas Capital (Rick Perry’s office, effectively). As near as I can tell, there was only one Security man in the range with about 12-15 armed citizens and Gov. Perry. And his Security agent looked nervous as hell…but Gov. Perry insisted upon doing this event.
Seriously…think about it…the room we were in was effectively a hallway, about 5′ wide and 40′ long. All of us crammed in there, all of us holding loaded weapons. With only one Security agent. But, the truth is, Gov. Perry couldn’t have been in a safer room anywhere in the world.
Not only was Gov. Perry gracious enough to stop and chat with everyone in the room, but he took the time to actually allow a number of us to shoot his personal handgun, a Ruger LCP .380 with laser sight. And Governor Perry stood by and gave tips and pointers on shooting (the Gov. is a deadly shot).
At one point, after Kathleen McKinley was done getting a private shooting lesson from the Gov. of Texas (seriously, how cool is that?), Gov. Perry looked over at me and asked if I wanted to squeeze off a few rounds with his personal handgun. I jumped at the chance. So there we are, Gov. Perry and I, squeezed into a 5′ wide alley…and the next thing I know, Gov. Perry has locked and loaded his handgun, and hands it to me and says, “It’s live.”
There I am, standing no more than 6-9″ from the Governor of Texas, holding his loaded handgun. There’s nothing his Security detail could have done if I had bad intentions (other than shoot me dead after the fact). But Governor Perry didn’t even blink. Honestly, standing there shooting guns with the Governor of Texas the way we did today was one of the coolest things I’ve ever done (politically), and only further increased my respect and admiration for the Governor.
I don’t think there are more than 2-3 other Governors in the US who would have put on an event like this.
It’s one thing to say you support the second amendment, it’s an entirely different matter to practice what you preach in such an open and awesome manner.
I only got one pic of me and the Governor and it turned out extremely blurry, but I know that Melissa Clouthier filmed it (to include Gov. Perry putting me in a headlock and rubbing my bald head)…so hopefully I’ll get some screen captures from her when she posts them.
Oh…and even cooler…Governor Perry signed my paper target with, “Shoot straight, vote Conservative. Rick Perry”, which will be framed and hanged in my man cave.