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  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Yes, Rationally the 2A allows the right to keep and bear arms. Most states have similar language. Many states allow OC and 38 states allows CCW or LTC. The 2A particularly says the federal government may not infringe that right. Prohibiting carry in public lands such as NPS is infringing that right. Read the Coburn amendment it specifically refers to the 2A language to justify the amendment that DOI has no authority to promulgate or enforce gun laws. That means gun restrictions in NPS. That is because the 2A is not incorporated throughout the states except in the states covered by the 9th Circuit Ct, which just recently decreed that the 2A is incorporated. Those states are Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, Ca, Nevada and Arizona. Of all those states the only state that had restricted OC and CCW was CA. All the other states allow OC and CCW in the 9th Circuit Ct.

    So for instance in Virginia that allows OC and CCW there should be no restriction by NPS only state law would apply to visitors in Shenandoah.

    If the person come from West Virginia the same applies since their laws are the same as Virginia. Maryland however has LTC but not OC so only those who possess a LTC could carry on NPS lands in Md like Assateague NP.

    DC, which has the monuments and mall, has restrictions on carry so far and those restrictions would apply on NPS run parks in DC. So there would not be CCW or OC in DC on the monument grounds.

    States cannot impose their laws on adjoining states that violate the federalism nature of our Republic.

    The federal government cannot either on the states they can only say what applies on federal land. The BLM and National Forests use the states laws to abide on guns on those federal areas. Only NPS and Wilderness Areas seems to have this massive urge to ban guns carry whether open or concealed.

    They had the option for CCW and they fought that and manage to get it suspended so now they may suffer open and loaded carry of handguns and long arms.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    "It is irrational to prohibit carry in NPS when it is pefectly legal is the adjoining state."

    So is it irrational to prohibit carry in Wisconsin because it adjoins states that permit carry? Is it irrational for different states with CCW to have different requirements for CCW?

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Actually I thought Frank C was on topic since it was in response to our supposed duty to follow all stupid laws and he pointed out the logical extension of that policy of obedience. Where Beamis went off topic is brining up our foreign policy which is irrelevant to this topic.

    The point is not that all people obey all laws stupid or not. We don't. Most of us speed and that is against the law. I do not carry or store in the NPS since where I live, that is difficult. Plus I did not care to have extra weight when I used to backpack. Howver one of my party did carry a 45 in the backpack in post 1976 and we had no idea that was illegal at the time.

    It is irrational to prohibit carry in NPS when it is pefectly legal is the adjoining state. Most of the opposing arguement are about lack of need which is not a requirement to execise a constitutional right. Also worry about poaching which would still be prohibited so that is a false arguement.

    I wish that people would accept that the 2A means people can have, carry and use guns. That means most any place not only in few locations.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Anon---I was merely responding to the Godwin's Law comment (which you did not see fit to brand as "off topic"). Tangential thinking and commenting is what an open forum is all about.

  • Here's How You Can Follow Science At Great Smoky Mountains National Park From Afar   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Thanks for pointing out the link problem, Rob. It's now fixed. If you like this web innovation, check back tomorrow to see what the folks at Zion (with help from Glacier, I think) are doing. A great piece of interpretation and education.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    In Virginia a CCW person can walk in the State house with a weapon and visit his representative.

    Coburn may allow that in his home state. But in DC there is still a gun ban and carry ban in effect. Senator Webb ran into that problem with his assistant getting caught with a gun in his briefcase.

    The difference is that in DC they do not trust the public with carrying weapons. In Virginia they do. OC and CCW is allowed in Virginia and they have less crime than DC. I am not implying that guns are the reason that Virginia has less crime. More to do with demographics but DC guns laws do not help

  • Here's How You Can Follow Science At Great Smoky Mountains National Park From Afar   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Thanks, Kurt. This is a nice example of what can be done with the web. The first story link (Great Smoky Mountains National Park) came back as broken when I tried it. Keep up the great work!

    rob
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    Executive Director,
    Crater Lake Institute
    www.craterlakeinstitute.com

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Beamis your comment is really off topic. You will get a lot of arguement about the wars being unconstitutional. Since this site is about NPS and the topic is loosening gun carry in the NPS.

    Keep on topic.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    MRC, I agree. So instead I could point to the Volstead or Patriot Act as a way of mitigating against the dreaded effects of Godwin's Law. There are plenty of unjust and tyrannical edicts to go around right here in the land of the free and the home of the brave before needing to invoke our German, Russian or Chinese brethren in the fine art of repressing human liberty. Our rulers are quite capable in this arena.

    No need for imports on this issue.

    Our current un-Constitutional wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan qualifies the U.S. government as the number one outlaw in the world at the present time.

    Thanks for the reality check MRC. Who needs the Nazis when you've got the current band of pirates in DC to hold up to scrutiny? Torture, counterfeiting (the printing press of the Federal Reserve), bloody aggression against civilian populations, lying, cheating and all other sorts of thuggery----yes we've got it all.

    Who needs Himmler when you've got Dick Cheney?

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    @Frank C: Well, it did take a while, but finally you made it. Thank you for proving Godwin's Law again. This thread can be closed now.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    The point I was making is to respect the laws of the land. Including the stupid ones.

    Wow.

    Statements like these from jim.hiker show how a government is able to exterminate millions of people using the "laws of the land" like the Nuremberg Laws.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    It is everybody's choice to carry or not in the backcountry except in NP's.

    I did a quick search and could only figure out that if caught in a NP and not following the existing law concerning firearms and weapons then the individual is subject to fines, possible loss of permit, possible loss of weapon, and possible confinement. So it sounds to me that it depends on the circumstances in which the person is caught and how they interact with the ranger who catches them. The point I was making is to respect the laws of the land. Including the stupid ones. I don't agree with them all, but I follow them and try to change them through the appropriate channels. Yes, I do have a lead foot and have paid for it on occasion.

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    The right to self protection is even more needed in areas of our nation in which there is less protection from criminals and animals that might attack humans. This law was a step in the right direction.

  • NRA Appeals Ruling Blocking Concealed Carry in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    might I add that cars are known to have significant environmental impact. They are banned from the best parts of the Okefenokee, and should be. I dare say that boat motors have a greater environmental impact there than guns have or would.

  • NRA Appeals Ruling Blocking Concealed Carry in National Parks   5 years 27 weeks ago

    "people with guns kill more people than people without guns" is just plain false, at least in the US and Canada.

    people with cars kill orders of magnitude more than people with guns

    maybe in a country where people have guns and not cars, that might be true ... if you can name one ... but the cost of bullets in such economies generally means enemies are killed by other means, like necklacing

  • Massive Avalanche Took Out Sections of Stone Wall, But Glacier National Park's Sun Road Should Open On Schedule   5 years 27 weeks ago

    The last avalanche occurrences of this magnitude in GP were probably in mid February of 1978. At that time a group of friends and I were embarking to Polebridge to ski into Bowman Lake. We were in the first of two vehicles and made it in. Avalanches along the North Fork of the Flathead river subsequently blocked the road and the second vehicle had to hole up in Whitefish. On that evening, a powerful avalanche knocked out a US Hwy - 2 bridge over the Flathead river at the southern boundary of the park. 1978 was a huge winter for snow.

  • Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    It seems too many judges, especially in CA have forgotten common sense and reality. Since we all have to live with many of the decisions it would make sense to have someone making those decisions who have at least studied a bit about science and economics. Like many others not from CA I am getting a bit tired of paying extra in pricing for all of the warning labels and such that have been instituted because some judge doesn't understand Darwin in addition to those who have allowed many needed projects in adjoining states to be blocked by the lobbying of special interest groups. .

  • Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    One more piece of evidence showing that many judges have no idea of impact on anyone else whether in their own backyards or not. Shall we now have to deal with California's fallout as we have had to with packaging, fuel, building needed refineries and more?

  • Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Well, sick and tired, sounds like business as usual in sunny California. We in the southern states really apreciate the problems you are having getting green businesses established out there. The more restrictions you place on them, the more they want to move down here. We can use the jobs, the taxes and the extra money they place in our pockets.

    Yall just keep driving the money our way.

  • A Tough Week for Hikers and Mule Riders at Grand Canyon National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Do you know what happened to the mule that fell on the woman on May 4, 2009? I have not seen anything regarding injuries to the mules. My sister and I rode to Phantom Ranch on May 12, 2009 and had a fabulous time. We did learn quickly to let the mules do their job. Thanks for any update you can provide.

  • Here's the Latest on Road and Campground Openings in Glacier National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Thanks for the updates. Can't wait to get to the park this year.

  • Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    If the effect of greenhouse gases is aggregate and global, then why would CO2 emissions adjacent to Joshua Tree make any more difference than CO2 emissions in Bolivia?

    More to the point, did the shopping center's proximity to the park have anything to do with the court's decision, or is the park actually irrelevant to the story?

  • Endangered Species Day, What Have We Lost, What Might We Lose In the National Parks?   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Paul--

    What you say is true. Another compliicating factor is, of course, that the boundaries of most national park areas outside of Alaska are political, not ecoclogical, boundaries. Significant sections of the original habitat of some threatened/endangered species lie outside park boundaries. Park Service managers have limited powers to protect such land, having to rely mostly on persuasion and building good partnerships with adjacent land owners.

    The classic case is the Everglades, one of the only "down-stream" parks in the system. Most of the bad stuff that happens to the water, both in terms of quality and quantity, happens before it arrives in the park. Big Cypress partially addressed this problem, buffering some of the northern boundaries of Everglades. And, the CERP (Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Project) was supposed to address many of the other problems. CERP, however, seems a bit bogged down and one wonders whether the full complement of projected "fixes" will ever get off the ground. I am increasingly doubtful.

    Rick Smith

  • Endangered Species Day, What Have We Lost, What Might We Lose In the National Parks?   5 years 27 weeks ago

    Nice post, unfortunately in a lot of cases the habitat provided by the parks isn't itself adequate to ensure their survival. There's more to "habitat" than the immediate area in which species lives, you have to consider the air they breathe and the water they drink, plus the shallowness of the gene pool.

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    My travels through the National Park System: americaincontext.com

  • Judge Blocks Wal-Mart SuperCenter From Opening Near Joshua Tree National Park   5 years 27 weeks ago

    I don't know if the government will take greenhouse gases into consideration with road paving or any of the other "stimulus" projects, but it's certainly an interesting point you raise, Frank.

    Where do we as a society decide to make trade-offs? What is considered appropriate, what is not? Should we accept double standards? Is providing public access to a national park of higher priority than a department store?

    This is the sort of thing that not only needs to be balanced across the economic/organizational spectrum, but explored if we are to slow climate change or, if you disagree that humans are a key driver in that, simply minimize our environmental impacts.

    But another factor is the economics -- can we afford to mitigate everything? Trying to do so upfront can add substantial costs to a project, but then, so too can court battles. Where should the line be drawn?