The Big Conversation:
With the Newtown tragedy consuming the national political debate, Gov. Rick Perry on Monday joined the chorus of Texas voices calling for an expansion, not restriction, of gun rights.
In an at times emotional speech at a Tea Party event in North Richland Hills, Perry urged legislators to look at ways to improve safety at schools in Texas — where 78 districts have failed to meet safety standards — and to examine mental health issues.
But school districts should be allowed to decide their own gun policies, he said, drawing applause for alluding to Harrold Independent School District, which ...