Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry isn’t done with his presidential campaign “oops” moments.
In an interview on Newsmax’s Steve Malzberg Show, Perry ripped President Obama’s call for gun control after the Charleston church massacre in which a white supremacist gunned down nine people at a Bible study.
“This is the MO of this administration. Anytime there is an accident like this — the president’s 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.
Perry’s campaign told Business Insider that he meant to say “incident” instead of “accident.”
“When watching the entire interview, it’s clear from the context of his comments that Governor Perry meant incident,” communications adviser Lexi Stemple said.
Perry said the focus needs to be about prescription drug abuse. “Also, I think there is a real issue to be talked about. 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 the standpoint of these drugs and how they’re used,” he said.
“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.’”