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  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Re: RemynRay's comment:

    The problem with the NO firearms in the parks is that those of us that include other activities besides going to a park (a single point destinaton for an entire vacation) either forces one to not be totally honest or skip visiting some of our finest treasures, the National Parks.

    Therein lies one of the misconceptions about the previous regulation. It did not prohibit anyone bringing a legally possessed firearm into a park, so there was no need to "skip visiting" any park. Visitors carrying a weapon that was legal outside the boundary of that park simply had to unload it and secure it in the trunk of the vehicle or similar secure location while they were in the park. The system worked well for years for the vast majority of park visitors, but of course that's now a moot point.

    Re: Rick's comment:

    It'll actually be safer now because the criminals might think you have a gun and won't bother you. That's a fact.
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    Ironically, because the Coburn amendment apparently goes far beyond allowing individuals with CCL's to be armed in parks, this action will actually make things easier for all of those criminals presumed to be lurking in the parks, waiting to prey on innocent visitors. Under the previous regulations, at least those folks had to be discrete and keep their weapons out of sight. In Coburn's brave new world, the bad guys as well as honest folk are free to keep their long guns as well as handguns close at hand.

    Yep, I sure feel safer knowing that the bad guys as well as the honest folks are now free to cruise the park roads and campgrounds with their loaded rifles and shotguns at the ready.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    RoadRanger says, "This legislation sets the stage for the opportunity to collect hard data on the impact of concealed carry in the parks" There's already hard data that's been collected 40 times in the 40 states that have implemented concealed carry laws. It's been a non-issue. RoadRanger also says, "there simply isn't enough data for a sound, scientific decision supporting the prohibition." Exactly. That's why the regulation has been eliminated and concealed carry rights will soon be law where applicable.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    This legislation sets the stage for the opportunity to collect hard data on the impact of concealed carry in the parks. You could say this is the information stage in a significant experiment. If that information leads to a verifiable increase in resource damage or violence, the question must be revisited. At this point it seems to me there simply isn't enough data for a sound, scientific decision supporting the prohibition. I suspect there will be little impact from law-abiding, permitted citizens carrying legal weapons in the parks. I would never advocate such a trial if I felt it posed a significant threat to anyone. A key element will be how much the legislation increases illegal weapons in parks. On the other hand, there's no question that an increasingly violent criminal element armed with far superior illegal weapons will continue to be a growing threat especially to officer safety. This is particularly true in western and southwestern parks on or near the border, and in urban parks, in general.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    I said a long time ago we would prevail. The Chicken Littles here will run around in circles claiming, most surely, it's the end of the world and no one is safe. But they never say that about the criminals who have been doing the actual killing, raping, assaulting and robbing at will. And my guess is Bambi and the trees ad signs will probably start squawking, too. "Assault rifles." I chuckle every time I hear the clueless people tossing this one around :^) The best one I read was now the cops in one city will be getting "military style weapons" but we gun owners get to have our "large capacity clips" and "assault weapons."

    Seriously, the gun-haters need to focus their energy and anxiety on something that is actually illegal, rather than a Constitutionally protected right. Get over it and enjoy your walk in the park. It'll actually be safer now because the criminals might think you have a gun and won't bother you. That's a fact.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Apparently John Waterman is unfamiliar with the legislative process in this country.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    The so-called credit card victory is actually another victory for the NRA. I am outraged that Congress allowed HR627 to pass with the inclusion of the Coburn amendment. This rider would allow individuals to openly carry assault rifles, shotguns, and semi-automatic weapons in national parks if the firearm is in compliance with state law. With this rider, the National Park Service would be forced to allow loaded guns in parks, battlefields, historic sites and monuments after decades of requiring guns to be unloaded and stored when traveling through these national treasures. The safety in our national parks is in jeopardy, putting both visitors and resources at considerable risk. How could Congress allow this to happen to our beautiful national parks and refuges. THIS IS SHAMEFUL!

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Typical of the anti gun groups. They always predict catastrophic results if responsible citizens are allowed to exercise their Second Amendment rights. That was the mantra when the concealed carry law was debated here several years ago. Since the law has passed, none of the predictions have happened.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Think this new law is going to bring problems especially at crowded parks like Yosemite. Had read blogs about arguments and noise complaints during high peak season. Sadly, as we all know in order to reverse or make new changes to a policy, National Unwritten SOP states a tragedy or tragedies has to occur first. Hopefully our hiking crew wont be at that camp site when bullets start to fly.

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    The problem with the NO firearms in the parks is that those of us that include other activities besides going to a park (a single point destinaton for an entire vacation) either forces one to not be totally honest or skip visiting some of our finest treasures, the National Parks. With this new legislation we can now visit more places and vary our vacations for a much more memorable time. RemynRay

  • House Seals Deal To Allow Wide Range of Firearms into The National Park System   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Are there any groups that support concealed carry in National Parks by those citizens who have a permit to carry within that state? You did a great job listing those who objected albeit onesided.

  • National Park Quiz 55: Climbing   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Tahoma: Nice going, and thanks for the info about the fee at Mt. Rainier.

  • Memorial Day Weekend Events in the Nation's Capital   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Rolling Thunder - the other big event in DC on Memorial Day Weekend takes place in part on the National Mall.

    There is an event on Saturday at the Reflecting Pool at the Base of the Lincoln Memorial. And another on Sunday in the same location.

    Full info on the Rolling Thunder events are at http://www.rollingthunder1.com/

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 30 weeks ago

    It's a done deal. The House of Representatives passed H.R.627 today which included an amendment to repeal the gun ban on National Park Service (NPS) land and wildlife refuges.

    The Coburn amendment passed the House overwhelmingly by a vote of 279-147. Logic and the U.S. Constitution (as well as state law regarding concealed carry) prevails.

  • Artist-in-Residence. Great Benefit National Parks Offer to Painters, Sculptors, Writers and More   5 years 30 weeks ago

    This is a article most worthy of positive comment that reflects the true spirit of the National Parks through the eyes of the poet, the writer and artist. Better to see more paint brushes in the parks then guns...and more guns. Good story Kurt!

  • Comment Now: General Gun Regulations for Areas Administered By the National Park Service   5 years 30 weeks ago

    I agree, the 2nd says No infringement. I am nearly 60 and not once have my guns run out and killed anyone. Gun control means simply knowing where the muzzle is pointed. But then again, Janet Napolitano did declare me a terrorist threat because I am a vet. Maybe I shouldn't own a gun at all, not sure if I would trust myself. Not really, just giving all the gun control nuts something to talk about. Which one of the other amendments would you people like to ignore?

  • National Park Quiz 55: Climbing   5 years 30 weeks ago

    My best quiz score ever, only missed #2, plus both extra credit.

  • Traveler Tip: Staying On Top Of News From Mount Rainier National Park   5 years 30 weeks ago

    "VisitRainier" is a "One Stop Shop"! It has everything you need to plan your trip.... and a little extra to make your trip super special! Thanks a million!

  • National Park Quiz 55: Climbing   5 years 30 weeks ago

    Loved this quiz!

  • Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area   5 years 30 weeks ago

    I have been planning a paddling trip to this park for memorial day weekend and when I heard this story I remembered that I had just read this on the website a few days ago.

    Leatherwood Ford Bridge to Station Camp or Blue Heron Mine

    Distance 8 or 27 Miles
    Difficulty I-II (Angel Falls & Devils Jump IV)
    Average Drop 5
    Use Season F-W-Sp-Early Summer
    The stretch from Leatherwood to the Blue Heron Mine is a two day run combining moderate paddling difficulty with spectacular scenery. Angel Falls is two miles below Leatherwood Ford and should be portaged on river right at any level. Devils Jump is located just above the take-out and should be portaged on river left. *The portages are not signed*, be sure you are familiar with the landmarks which are associated with the approach to each rapids.

    This came directly from the River Safety section on the BSF Park website.

  • Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area   5 years 31 weeks ago

    My deep condolences go to the Evans' family. Angel Falls is a much-touted spot on the Big South Fork (BSF). For years TVCC (Tennessee Valley Canoe Club) paddlers have respected it - even at low-water levels. Fortunately, the leader(s) of my numerous trips on this beautiful river knew the potential danger - and more importantly - knew where the rapid was located - with or w/o a warning sign on the bank - as we approached several miles downstream from our start at Leatherwood Ford.

    The portage around Angel Falls over a knarly hill will probably now be more acceptable to paddlers. Tony Evans' death may or may not have been due to respiratory compromise. A canoe capsized in swift water, paddler wearing no flotation (life jacket) is a pretty scarey, heart-grabbing scenario.

    Again, my sympathy to Tony's family at their loss. CarolZ

  • Senate Loads Credit Card Bill With Amendment to Allow Loaded Weapons in National Parks   5 years 31 weeks ago

    To quote the great American socialist--the answer to Hitler (excuse me) and Mussolini--FDR: "We have nothing to fear but fear itself."

    Get with the program, socialists and statists. You have nothing to fear from guns.

    Your fear of freedom is the only thing you should fear.

  • Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area   5 years 31 weeks ago

    I want to be sensitive to the emotions of the family and friends of the victim in this tragic situation, and as has been pointed out, a cardiac problem or other medical event may have been a key factor. It will never be known if a good PFD which kept the victim's face out of the water until help reached him would have made any difference in this case, but it sure couldn't have hurt.

    That said, the comments about the importance of every boater wearing a PFD while on the water are right on target. I was involved in the recovery of a number of victims of boating accidents during my career, and they all had one common denominator - none of them was wearing a PFD. Several of those incidents involved fishermen on calm water in good weather, so the need for responsible safety isn't limited to whitewater.

    If this discussion prompts even one person to use good judgment on the water in the future, then at least a little good will come from this loss.

  • Missed Portage Leads to Death At Big South Fork National River And Recreation Area   5 years 31 weeks ago

    1. Never paddle WW without a PFD and helmet.
    2. Never paddle a river unless you know that section of the river very well, or you have someone with you who knows it very well.
    Aren't these "1st grader level rules" of WW paddling?

    Editor's note: Out of respect for Mr. Evan's family and his paddling companions, this comment was edited to remove disparaging comments.

  • Yellowstone National Park Rangers Kill Habituated Wolf   5 years 31 weeks ago

    I really hope that they let the people know they had to do this to the wolf, so hopefully people will quit feeding wild animals. I hate that this happened, it more than breaks my heart, I love all wild animals, and feel, we are in their territory, and we should always respect. I'm the first to get my camera out for a pic, its why I love our national parks, to see the wild life. PLEASE people, don't feed them, their lives depend on you not to feed them for a closer picture or look. You aren't doing them any favors. They aren't your backyard birds.

  • Yellowstone National Park Rangers Kill Habituated Wolf   5 years 31 weeks ago
    Y2Y