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  • “10 Best National Parks”? National Geographic, You Have Got to be Kidding!   5 years 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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 23 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."

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Don't overlook the fact that more than a few national parks are surrounded by national forests, where hunting is allowed. If indeed Sen. Coburn's amendment would allow the carrying of rifles in parks, would hunters look to some park campgrounds as base camps they could use for heading off into sections of national forest that are not otherwise easily reached?

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Come on and use common sense. The most common reason to carry a rifle slung is for hunting or predator control and that is not allowed on NPS land. Most people do not want to carry extra weight without a good cause. There is a big differnce between a handgun and a rifle. For those who carry concealed for defense regulary will carry concealed everywher becase that is habit. carrying a ridle unless in battle i snot a habit for people in the US. The big reason that the military went to carbines is weight. A rif;e will wigh more and a pain to carry all the time.

    The only reason I could see for a person to carry a rifle is to cause PSH in all the other nambies for pure shock value. That is rude and but gets irrestible the more we hear that CCW holders are criminaly minded as an JIm D said that CCW holders are violantly disposed without any evidence. Just pure slander.

  • Rescue of Injured Climber from Remote Site in Rocky Mountain National Park   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Great Job RMNP Staff, thats why it's one of the best in the system

  • Mountain Life To be Celebrated In Festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park   5 years 23 weeks ago

    This Saturday, the 16th

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 23 weeks ago

    Sorry John, but nuts are ALREADY carrying concealed weapons in parks. What's being missed here is that we are talking about "concealed carry". The over inflated comments about carrying rifles on hikes is a joke. I wonder how many relatives of the students killed in the University of Virginia shootings had wished that concealed carry permits were allowed on campus.

  • Mountain Life To be Celebrated In Festival at Great Smoky Mountains National Park   5 years 23 weeks ago

    What is the date for this event?