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Rick Perry: Gun-Free Zones a 'Bad Idea,' Armed Citizens Can Help Stop Shooting Massacres

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“If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people’s right to protect themselves and defend themselves, and their families.”

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said gun-free zones are a "bad idea" and armed citizens who've been properly trained and checked can help stop shooting massacres such as the one that occurred in Louisiana earlier this week.

“I think that it makes a lot of sense to send a message across this country,” Perry said on CNN’s "State of the Union" Sunday morning. “If we believe in the Second Amendment, and we believe in people’s right to protect themselves and defend themselves, and their families.”

Perry added that armed citizens "particularly in these places that are considered to be gun-free zones" could help stop mass shootings — or "before there’s as many people that are impacted as what we saw in Lafayette."

(H/T: Mediaite)

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