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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Warns About Offending Gun Companies with Background Checks (Video)

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) warned today on CNN that closing gun loopholes and requiring universal background checks might offend gun manufacturers.

According to, Gov. Perry voiced his concerns in response to Conn. Gov. Dan Malloy (D), who explained how universal background checks would help keep Americans safer (video below).

“Universal background checks would make everyone safer in their states and in mine," stated Dan Malloy. "It is a starting point. We should not be allowing folks who have mental health challenges currently to acquire guns. We should not have a system that allows people who have extensive criminal records to get around the background checks.”

However, Gov. Perry disagreed, even though the U.S. leads all developed nations in gun ownership and gun deaths, reported ABC News in 2013.

“The restrictions you’ve seen states like Connecticut, and when you think about the Northeast, that was the Silicon Valley, if you will, of gun manufacturing,” Gov. Perry said. “And you’re seeing those manufacturers leave the Northeast because the taxation, the regulation. And just the attitude towards manufacturers of weapons.”

However, Gov. Perry didn't mind offending 16.5 million American workers during a CNN broadcast on Friday when he voiced his opposition to minimum wage, notes

“I don’t think it’s government’s business to be setting the minimum wage out there,” Gov. Perry said. “And even the CBO (Congressional Budget Office) said if you want to get rid of a half a million jobs between now and 2016, raise the minimum wage.”

However, Gov. Perry failed to mention the CBO also said that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour would lift 900,000 working Americans out of poverty.

An analysis by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago estimates that raising the minimum wage would increase spending by Americans by $28 billion, which would create more jobs.

Sources: ABC News, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago,,


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