Perry recently was asked if he is armedÂ while campaigning. He didn’t respond by saying the question is ridiculous. He didn’t say that in the close quarters of a rope line, with a multitude of people pulling and tugging at him, a gun could easily drop to the ground or be taken from him. He didn’t say that an armed candidate would be a nightmare for the Secret Service. He didn’t say any of those things. Instead, he smiled and refused to say whether or not he carried while campaigning. He added, “That’s why it’s called concealed.”
He seems to have an issue with the fact that Perry is out and proud as a gun person, and then proceeds to let his imagination run wild with all the horrific things that could happen if candidates pack on the campaign trail.
Personally, if it were me, I’d be happy with the secret service protection, and would not carry on the campaign trail. The only stipulation I’d have is that I be allowed to play with their submachine guns. Dave Kopel has an interesting analysis as to whether the President can legally carry. It would seem the answer is yes. Dave also notes that Teddy Roosevelt carried a pistol on the campaign trail, and noted it didn’t seem to have any negative impact on his security. Well, it didn’t stop him from getting shot on the campaign trail by a deranged saloon keeper. Fortunately, his would be assassinÂ didn’t bring enough gun to kill Teddy, or even stop him from delivering his speech.