[I]t’s totally bizarre for Rick Perry to want people to think he might be carrying a pistol in his trousers. I can’t imagine he really is, but if he were, wouldn’t it be stupid beyond belief? I mean, imagine he’s in the middle of a crowd, getting mobbed by supporters, shaking hands and dishing out high fives … in that scenario, how in the world is he supposed to maintain control over his weapon? Obviously, he couldn’t. As a public figure constantly surrounded by people he doesn’t know, there’s just no way for Rick Perry to safely carry a firearm. It’s one thing for him to make the case for concealed carry permits, but it’s another thing altogether if he’s actually carrying as a candidate … it’s strange and it’s reckless.
Jed Lewison, The Daily Kos