Our dear lame-duck president just can’t seem to rein in his sneaky, backdoor impulses. I guess it would be too obvious for him to step up like the president he still is and do something really public, like take some action on our sinking economy.
No, he’d rather work behind the scenes, modest SOB that he is. He’s overturning a 25-year-old federal rule that severely restricts loaded guns in national parks. The law takes effect next month, and although its effect will vary somewhat according to state and local laws, it will allow the carrying of loaded guns in our national parks.
Not surprisingly, the change was supported by National Rifle Association (NRA) proponents. It will be published in the Federal Register early next week and take effect 30 days later, before Obama gets sworn in. Overturning the law after that could take years since it would require the restart of a lengthy rule-making process.
Supporters hail the move as a way to keep park visitors and their families safe. There will, of course, be a greater possibility of gun accidents, stray bullets, poaching, etc., but we don’t want to inconvenience all those gun owners. It was so unreasonable to ask them to unload their firearms and put them in the trunks of their cars.
The parks can be dangerous, I’ll grant you that. All those tourists wandering all over those miles of trails and roads. You never know when one of them might try to mug you right there by the scenic waterfall. Or when one of those elk you were warned away from objects to your presence. Or when you’ll be accosted by an angry bear (the one you weren’t supposed to feed) or a rabid chipmunk grabbing your peanuts.
Yes, I’ll feel much safer the next time I go up to the park, knowing that some rootin’ tootin’ tinhorn behind me is packin’ heat.
By the way, two of the Senators who thought up this little rule change hail from Idaho and Montana. That’s two of the states that were so eager to get gray wolves taken off the endangered species list so they could be hunted. You don’t suppose …
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