In another "oops" moment, Republican presidential hopeful Ricky Perry said on Friday that the murders of nine black churchgoers in South Carolina were a drug-induced "accident".
The former governor of Texas made the remark when asked about the shooting in Charleston during an interview with conservative channel NewsMaxTV, about president Barack Obama's renewed call for gun controls.
That's the MO [modus operandi] of this administration. Any time there is an accident like this... the president is clear, he doesn't like Americans to have guns and so he uses every opportunity, this being another one, to basically go parrot that message.
A spokesperson for Perry later said that the the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful had meant to say "incident" rather than "accident" but his comment had already caused a backlash.
Perry said that reports that suspect Dylann Roof was taking pain medication at the time of the shooting meant that drugs were the “real issue to be talked about,” rather than gun control.
It seems to me – again, without having all the details about this one – 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.