With guns back in the national spotlight after a mass shooting at Washington's Navy Yard, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will tour Maryland's largest gun manufacturer on Wednesday as part of his ongoing effort to lure businesses to his home state.Not to worry: The visit is all part of Perry's ongoing efforts have all the other states move their manufacturing jobs to Texas, rather than any particular statement on how shooting people across the river is awesome, and if you had to reschedule your visits to gun manufacturers every time there was a prominent shooting nearby you'd never get anything done. Perry is adamant about turning the state into His Own Private Mexico, a place where you might not be able to drink the water (or, say, get any) but you'll always be able to treat your employees worse and not worry quite so much about boring safety regulations or the like.
A Perry aide told CNN that the Republican governor will tour the Beretta USA facility in Accokeek, Maryland, just over the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
It should be noted that the Senate was scheduled to hold a hearing on state "stand your ground" laws today, but postponed it in the wake of yesterday's mass shooting. American political policy has thus been rendered as official as these things ever get: whenever there is a mass shooting we must stop talking about sensible gun regulations for a while, lest we offend someone, but efforts to defend and celebrate those guns can continue apace.
Or maybe it just proves Rick Perry is a jackass, but we already knew that.