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Rick Perry: Charleston Massacre an ‘Accident’ Caused by ‘Drug Use,’ Manipulated by Obama to Ban Guns

Walking gaffe machine and former Texas Governor Rick Perry, an actual candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, is backtracking after he called the Charleston church massacre an “accident,” as his aides say Perry meant to say “incident.”

Speaking with Steve Malzberg of Newsmax, Perry said the shooting may have been caused by prescription medications and immediately turned the focus to President Obama, saying that his message about gun control following the attack was a “knee-jerk reaction.”

Perry claimed that the president is attempting to “take the guns out of the hands of everyone in this country.”

“This is the MO of this administration,” Perry said. “Any time there is an accident like this – the president is clear, he doesn’t like for Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.”

Perry said that rather than guns the discussion should be about prescription medication.

“I think there is a real issue to be talked about,” he said. “It seems to me, again without having all the details about this, that these individuals have been medicated and there may be a real issue in this country from a standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used.”

“There are a lot of issues underlying this that I think we as a country need to have a conversation about rather than just the knee-jerk reaction of saying, ‘If we can just take all the guns away, this won’t happen,'” Perry concluded.

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