No, Governor Perry Did Not Nearly Shoot Me

January 27, 2010 / 3:35 pm • By Dr. Melissa Clouthier

That’s a great story to make up, though. Have to give this intrepid blogger (word is that he/she/it is an operative from inside the Kay Bailey Hutchison campaign) credit for creativity. Here’s what anonymous blogger Come And Take It Blog said:

At seven seconds in, you can clearly see Rick point a loaded gun away from the range and in the direction of a woman he is supposed to be teaching to shoot! The muzzle can’t be more than a few inches from her face…she even flinches back a little.

So, I went to the gun range on Friday, January 22, 2010 at Red’s Range in Austin. Governor Perry hosted about 20 bloggers (most of whom had never seen a gun before and were as newbie as me–pretty funny actually).

The Governor showed a couple of us how to shoot. Here’s the video:

First, as is obvious, the Governor did not point the gun at me. Second, I did not flinch from him moving the gun around.

However, I did flinch with all the guns going off all around me, but got used to it.

Bonus: If you watch the tape again, you’ll hear Andrew Breitbart in the background. He looked like he was having a great time. All us city-slicker bloggers in ear muffs and armed must have been humorous for a guy used to Texas and guns like Rick Perry.

  • What kind of guns were you shooting?

  • The Governor had a Ruger .380. Robbie Cooper shot a .45 and Kathleen McKinley had a .22 revolver.

    It was fun. I liked the .45 best.

  • Philo

    You could also mention to the dumb shit who wrote the blog that it could be seen the clip was not in the firearm while he was doing his instructing, that he inserted the magazine at :37 in the video, and at :39 racked the slide sending a cartridge into the chamber.

  • It’s clear to me that the motion at the specified time mark is you glancing down at the gun as he moved it, then returning your attention to his face. Obviously, your eyes would be attracted to motion. It is also clear that the closest the gun was to being pointed at you was in an approximately horizontal direction off to the right, while held in front of your body. “Flinching” was definitely not involved.

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