During a press conference on gun control yesterday, Rep. Jim Himes D-Conn. blasted Texas Governor Rick Perry for vocally supporting Second Amendment rights for American citizens after the horrific school shooting in Connecticut.
“So the notion that more Americans quote unquote in the words of Governor Perry, ‘packing heat’ will make us safer is not founded in reality, in facts or in history,” Himes said bitterly during a press conference. “It is founded in the fantasy of testosterone laden individuals who have blood on their hands for articulating that idea.”
In response to the shootings, Perry signaled during a Tea Party meeting on Monday that teachers should have the right to carry a handgun – but only if they had a concealed carry license. Perry added that it should be up to school districts whether or not they were willing to have armed teachers in the classroom.
“One of the things that I hope we don’t see from our federal government is this knee-jerk reaction from Washington, D.C., when there is an event that occurs, that they come in and they think they know the answer,” Perry added.
Himes rejected Perry’s remarks yesterday, insisting that “there is absolutely no justification for weapons that were made for the explicit purpose of killing lots of people quickly to be in the hands of civilians.”
Himes graduated from Harvard University and got his Master’s degree at Oxford. He worked at Goldman Sachs before he got into politics and has served as a United States Congressman for Connecticut’s 4th congressional district since 2009.