Gov. Rick Perry and Sen. Ted Cruz struck a positive note at the NRA event at the sold-out George R. Brown Convention Center. Perry said passing new gun control laws wouldn't stop criminals and would hurt law-abiding citizens by depriving them of weapons to defend themselves.
"I realize to those who don't understand the issue, gun laws may look like an easy fix, and it may make some feel like they've solved the problem, except they don't fix anything. While they may win a few in the news cycle, or keep our president scoring political points, they do nothing but make it harder for law-abiding Americans to own guns."
Perry, a concealed handgun license holder, told the crowd he would continue courting gun and ammunition manufacturers to relocate to Texas, one of the most gun-friendly states in the country.
"Our message to them, and our message to everyone in the country is simple. There is still a place that loves freedom in America, where people can pursue their dreams — free from the knee-jerk government regulations that occur — that place is called Texas."
Sen. Ted Cruz, the Republican who became one of the top Tea Party voices in Washington, followed the governor and continued the freedom momentum. He said gun control legislation was defeated because it did not target violent criminals, but law-abiding citizens. He warned the battle isn't over.
"President Obama and Joe Biden have both been coming out saying they intend to come back at it. Vice President Joe Biden did have some very helpful advice on this issue. He said if your house and your family are ever under attack, all you need to do is go outside with a double-barrel shotgun and fire both barrels in the air, which is very very useful if it so happens you're being attacked by a flock of geese."
Cruz told the convention that the Obama administration has not done enough to prosecute felons and fugitives who illegally buy guns. The NRA convention continues through Sunday.