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  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    The arguement against lawful carry of guns in NPS seems to wind down that it makes it easier to catch poachers.

    That is insufficient reason to restrict a constitutional right. I refuse to give up a right so rangers can assume anyone with a gun is a poacher. Catch the poachers the old fashion way with investigation and facts. Catch them with the game.

    The other arguremt is just hysterical fear of people with guns. The reality is that outside the parks people carry guns lawfully and crossing a border does not turn a law abiding person into a raving lunatic and killer or people and animals.

    This is the same old tired argument that blood will run in the streets that states heard when they allowed CCW. None of those fears had any validity. Surprise!, most people do not wish to kill over minor arguments. Perhaps we are better than those who fear citizens.

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    NPCA lies and therfore their credibility is questionable. For instance the statement they made that 73 % of the comments on the park regulation was against, was a lie. I had checked those comments and 7 out of 10 comments were not against it was significant that most of the comments agreed with the proposed change.

    Since they promote that lie, They have an agenda to prevent citizens from exercisising their right to carry pistols on federal land in NPS.
    Smokie Hiker is quite correct he has right to not want guns in NPS. His right to want that does not cancel others right to want to have the ability to carry with concealed or openly in parks.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Does anybody know what the crime rate involving weapons of people who are licensed for conceal carry is? I do. It's 0. At the time I was issued my CCW, the Sheriff told me that he was processing 10 requests a day. That's a lot of people in my county that have the right to carry, and yet strangely, none of us has shot the other. I've carried a pocket knife with me every day since I was in 4th grade, I'm 45 now and I've still never stabbed anybody. I don't carry because I'm afraid. I carry because it's my right as a law abiding citizen. I'm a 3rd degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do and I've never even been in a brawl. Why do people think that because you're prepared, that you are spoiling for a fight? Just because you have fire extinguishers in your home, do you set your drapes on fire? The problem with Jim G. is that he told you that he carries all the time. If you met Jim in one of our National Park Areas, you would most likely think he was a nice, normal guy, and then go on about your business no worse for the experience. And no RangerLady, we're not still shooting the British, but if it becomes neccessary again, at least I will have that capability. People have this idea that nobody attacks the U.S. because of our military, and while that may be true to an extent, as a former military member, I can tell you that other countries are more afraid of our citizens because we ALL have the right to keep and bear arms. Keep America AND our parks free.

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Criminals do not obey laws, so pass as many laws as you want restricting the majority because it will not effect that minority.

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Having a gun in a national park is a sane and rational thing to do. I am an old and weak man that was camping in a national park more than 4 miles from a law enforcement officer. A very strong and much larger man with a large flashlight approached me and threatened to beat me to death. I knew this would not happen because i had a loaded semi automatic pistol in my hand in my coat pocket. I could stay calm and talked him into leaving with a promise he would never see me, the snow bird he seems to think ruins his life? The whole situation lasted less than 2 and a half minutes. No way a park ranger or police could have arrived to help if we called, and providing there was service on the cell phone. So what do we do now, outlaw strong men with flashlights.

  • Looking For Lodging: the Blue Ridge Parkway   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Perhaps you got some type of package deal at Pisgah. The listed price is $120 and the last time we stayed breakfast was not included in the room rate. Maybe they include breakfast in some specials. For example, a room at the Chateau at Oregon Caves now includes breakfast. Still, you can't beat the Pisgah's balcony views and the dinners have always been top notch.

  • “10 Best National Parks”? National Geographic, You Have Got to be Kidding!   5 years 24 weeks ago

    There are some major parks you missed big time:

    1) Yellowstone
    2) Yosemite
    3) Sequoia
    4) Redwoods
    5) Zion

  • Comment Now: General Gun Regulations for Areas Administered By the National Park Service   5 years 24 weeks ago

    5-09 I agree with Zach. A woman jogger in western Boulder, CO was killed by a Mountain Lion about 20 years ago. I don't know how many since, but if she had even been able to fire a pistol into the ground, it might not have happened. Big Cats are reluctant to get too close to 2-3 people, but they really have no problem with a single person or a couple with a child. The cat will wait and watch for the opportunity to see the child get a short distance from the parent, then it has it's meal and it is gone at a dead run. If the parent has a gun, it is not likely to get the same results.

    THINK PEOPLE!! Use you heads! There are serious consequences for bad decisions! A licensed gun owner is the safest person in a group or alone. It is the drug producer, runner, addict, illegal with a stolen, illegal gun that is our worst enemy! Personally, I wish our Forest Rangers carried guns. Plus, too many people are concerned about the attacker and NOT seriously concerned about the victim at all! There are too many people that wonder around in La-La Land and they sophisticately speak ingnorant babble and they also vote, not having a real clue as to what they are doing or why. It is Deplorable!!! Wake UP and consider the results of your decisions! Be prepared, bad luck IS the greatest result of bad decisions.

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    If concealed weapons are allowed in the NPs, I trust they will be allowed by visitors at senate hearings. Surely our senators don't place a greater value on their lives than the visitors to NPs. After all the 2nd Amendment shouldn't stop at the door of the senate chambers should it?

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Another law-abiding citizen, Jim G. "I carry a weapon in a park, rule or no rule." Way to go, Jim G. Ignore the rules you don't like and obey the ones you do.

    Rick Smith

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Sadly I though this was over and done with.

    I spend almost every day in a national park and as a gun owner and card carrying NRA member I am not anti-gun but I feel I have the right to say "KEEP FIREARMS OUT OF OUR PARKS!".

    For visitors, the wildlife and our hardworking rangers and support personnel and my safety's sake - lets stop the insanity.

    Shame on Senator Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma. I wonder if he feels safer letting citizens around him carrying loaded firearms or do his secuirty people stop that?

  • Coalition of Groups Asks President Obama To Halt Move to Allow Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    The Senate version of the Credit Cardholders Bill of Rights Act of 2009 is expected be conferenced with the House version of the bill, which does not contain language about loaded guns in national parks, and then sent to the president for his review before Memorial Day.

    If that timetable holds up, this fight may be decided one way or the other pretty quickly.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I echo the sentiments RangerLady posted in her first paragraph. It's the overreaction to an animal "threat" that will be the biggest misuse of firearms in the park.

    But this is also valid: plenty of people already carry, legally or no, in the NPS. The sparsity of rangers can't police the NPS adequately.

    I've long gotten over the gun issue on both sides. Harsher restrictions on legal gun ownership won't solve the gun violence problem, and having a gun is worthless when it comes to protecting you from crime. Both sides of that debate are barking at the moon. The only thing that will decrease crime and gun violence is clamping down on the illegal gun trade (which would require clamping down on private gun sales, gun shows, and disreputable dealers, something not in scope of this particular bill).

    Bottom line: I won't be any more or less afraid with legal-carry in parks, and I won't visit the parks more or less because of this rule.

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    My travels through the National Park System: americaincontext.com

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Absurd that a judge can summarily stop a rule based on some ridiculous argument about studying the environment! I carry a weapon in the park, rule or no rule. I earned the right to carry and I will. There is no increase in danger from me to you Betty H and Jim D.

    The original rule change allowing for persons allowed concealed carry to enter the parks was a better compromise than this new rule allowing anyone! CCW or CCP folks are checked out. They are typically well versed in firearm use and safety.

    The judge now forced the hand of the gun lobby and made things even worse.

    Way to go judge.

    This comment was edited to remove a gratuitous remark.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I've been reading the comments and I haven't seen the main reason for baning guns in parks. It wasn't really to keep visitors safe (a criminal is hardly going to care that guns aren't allowed) but to keep the animals safe. Now that more and more people are disconnected from the natural world, the fear of predators could possibly lead to people shooting them out of fear. I have seen people beating snakes to death with hiking poles. It wouldn't take much to have someone pulling out the handgun to shoot it. Then that could become an issue to the people. A stray bullet could easily strike someone on the trail with the snake muderer.

    Illegal guns are also the only way many law enforcement officers can collar someone suspected of poaching. They may not find any proof of the animal being taken, but they can find the weapons. Guns have no place in our National Parks and certainly won't make them safer. As for the Constitution, that was written before hand guns were around when people did need guns for food and to fight off the British. We certainly don't need to hunt to survive and (hopefully) no one is shooting the British.

  • Looking For Lodging: the Blue Ridge Parkway   5 years 24 weeks ago

    I do have to say that the food at the Peaks of Otter Lodge has gone downhill. I used to really enjoy their Sunday brunch, but it is nowhere worth the price now. It was a shame to see that wonderful food go

  • Rescue of Injured Climber from Remote Site in Rocky Mountain National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    The idea that there will be a bunch of gun toting rednecks running around where there are children and for whatever reason shooting the place up is ridiculous. The rule in the law says that it must conform to the state law. Most states that have a conceal carry law make it illegal for the weapon to be at all visible. Most people never know when someone is carrying. Not to mention the separate rules, background checks etc. these people must go through to get the permit. The person sitting next to you right now may be armed and that person is no more a threat than the man on the moon.

  • Fire at Historic Many Glacier Chalet at Glacier National Park   5 years 24 weeks ago

    That's a pretty famous little cabin in Glacier. I always end up hanging out by it when doing photographs of Swiftcurrent Lake.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    There's a string of points in some anonymous posts that bear repetition and clarification.

    The Coburn amendment allows -open- carry in national parks, consistent with state law. This differs from the CFR change regarding -concealed- carry which was previously promulgated and then enjoined.

    Can we please stop blaming the Bush administration and start blaming Congress, now that 27 Senate democrats (and Sanders) voted for the amendment?

    This amendment does not change regulations on the firing or brandishing of weapons. Nor does it allow firearms to be carried into federal buildings.

    This amendment, if the bill passes and the language survives conference, would align national parks and wildlife refuges with the laws of the states where they are located. If concealed carry is not permitted in the state, it won't be permitted in the park. If open carry is not permitted in the state, open carry won't be permitted in the park.

    Some states ban open carry altogether. (Including, surprisingly, Texas.) Some states require some degree of licensing for open carry. Some, mostly in the west, allow open carry freely, and you (assuming you're not a convicted felon or otherwise disqualified) can walk down the street with a brace of dueling pistols or a samurai sword if you want to.

    The coalition of lobby groups quoted in Kurt's article carefully chose parks in open-carry states. Accurate, but incomplete. Under current laws, Visitors could not openly carry at programs in Big Bend, Everglades, or Congaree, or at Independence NHP, or Gateway and Golden Gate NRAs. Under this amendment, states would still have the ability to restrict carry in parks, national or otherwise.

    Ever been to Las Vegas? In Nevada you can openly carry a gun on your hip. Ever seen anyone do it? Probably not. The same regulation prevails in Arizona, where I grew up. In the 25-odd years I lived there, I saw someone openly wearing a pistol no more than 2 or 3 times. The only time anyone does so is to make a political point--they do it, because they can.

    Rifles are kinda heavy. Nobody is going to bring an AR-15 on the wildflower walk. Nobody is going to backpack into Grand Canyon with a .30-06--well... I take that back. Nobody is going to do it twice.

    And for the last Anon post, I'd highly recommend against it. I believe it's still illegal, and unwise, to transport game across a park boundary.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Good, because the wackos have already been carrying guns everywhere for decades. Now this will even up the odds for the law abiding people. A majority of state have passed Concealed or Carry laws, so whats the difference in carrying in a park... none... Glad they passed it.

  • National Park Quiz 54: Authors   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Great quiz!

    Ed Abbey did time at Arches National Monument, well before it was declared a park in the 1970s.

  • National Park Quiz 54: Authors   5 years 24 weeks ago

    A small correction to the answer to Q1: Ed Abbey did not serve as a ranger at Arches National Park, he served at Arches National Monument. Arches did not receive the Park designation until some years after Abbey's service, during which he penned the classic, "Desert Solitaire." No doubt he'd be appalled at the extent of paved public access now available in his beloved inspiration.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Actually Kurt, that is good point. If I was planning a hunting trip I may choose to camp in adjoining NPS campground and travel with the rifles to the National Forest.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    It is amazing that Senators are above the law when they are the lawmakers and that is what they were doing. I understand disagreement with the law change but to declare they are acting above the law is silly. A judge does not make law. The judge was going by the law and if the lawmakers agree that that is not the policy they wanted they can change the law.

    I agree that less law is better and a lot of laws are poorly written. But I have been for allowing unrestricted carry for all non criminals, that means open carry if a person chooses to do so.

    The Bush administration went with the lesser regulation change to restrict only to CCW holders but that scared NPS hysterics and they may get a totally non rstricted aw instead.

    Beside why does a department had the ability to regulate a constitutional right? If this restricion was challenegd on 2a grounds the federal government could lose any ability to regulate guns on federal lands. That get back to "shall not infringe " language which is very strong.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 24 weeks ago

    Anonymous -

    Though it is true that the original rule spoke ONLY to "concealed" carry, Senator Coburn's amendment makes NO SUCH DISTINCTION according to the version I read this morning. It is simply "carry."