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  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Much better to have the drug dealers, rapists, and murderers armed in our
    national parks and the law abiding public helpless to defend ourselves
    against the threat. The criminals certainly prefer it this way, and since some
    members of our government do to, they must also be criminals... but
    I repeat myself.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    I support the Paiute Name, the Indian Name.
    Period.
    It was their land afterall; and landmarks keep the "Zion" name

    Good Article!

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    The fact that millions of like minded citizens are armed while so many liberals are not makes me feel much more confident that my personal freedoms will be protected. I bet we would all like to ban something from the parks. I for one would like to ban the socially liberal estrogen rich guys on these posts who are so frightened of handguns. I know for a fact that would make my park experience much more pleasant.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Why is the gun the issue and not drugs, alcohol, poverty, cars, knives, violent crime, etc.? Compromise is attainable if the issue is violence rather than a single method with which to exercise violence.
    Crime includes numerous weapons beyond guns, and we will never eliminate weapons from the criminally inclined. Discuss the causes of violence and pose solutions to the cause and as I said compromise might be attainable. Frankly statistics just don't support the emotional out cry against legal ownership of a single vehicle of violent crime. Of course in a binary world YMMV.

    =8^)

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Hi Lone Hiker,
    I believe you just made my point for me. Thanks, Bob

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Indeed the courts have spoken but not to the extent whereby the right of "self protection" extends beyond one's person residence, as stated clearly in the DC decision, and not, as others have tried erroneously to claim on this website, to the extent that your "personal residence" is inclusive or any temporary shelter you erect. You'll have a difficult time making a case that the justice's ruling, paraphrasing here, carries with it the intent of the law to include any and all structures inhabited by people as one's "residence". Before you go off on an emotional retort, consider these options and label them as residence or not: tree house, duck blind, tree/deer stand, ice cabin (also known as lake tent for those of you not familiar with the sport of ice fishing), lean to, ice cave (a most common occurrence on the shores of the Great Lakes from Dec-Feb), we can continue as long as you like. Please spare me the banter that they all qualify.......does anyone propose that there exists someone who lives with a duck blind as their mailing address?

    Interesting also that the gun lobby claims that people with CCP's and the like will actually enhance my park experience, becoming my guardian angel should tough times arise. I thought this manner of vigilantism was exactly what we're trying to prevent? Self-protection, as stated within the 2nd Amendment does NOT give anyone the right to travel the land as judge, jury and executioner, under ANY circumstances. The last thing this country needs is a gun-toting mobile militia.........why not just become a bounty hunter if you're all geared up about protecting society? Or is that too dangerous for you?

    I vehemently disagree with the notion that compromise is unattainable. But one side has to get over their superiority complex about protection of all mankind being their right, and the other side has to get beyond the fact that our nation will never be totally free from gun violence, be it criminal or accidental from legal ownership. The easy solution is to outlaw all firearms, whereby anyone in possession would automatically be identified as a criminal element, and subjected to all manner of cruel and unusual punishment just for being in possession, or even having one's fingerprints found on a weapon. But since we all agree that the simple solution is beyond our willingness to alleviate the overall problem of gun violence, we need to consider other alternatives. But concealed permit holders wandering the country in a 21st C manner akin to Old West posse or Southern lynch mob mentality justice doesn't fill the bill either. And that, we should all fear, is the hidden agenda of the NRA and their campaign of constant disinformation.

  • Yellowstone National Park Officials Scale Back Size of "LeHardy Fire"   5 years 51 weeks ago

    As of this afternoon, the road has just re-opened - see http://inciweb.org/incident/announcements/article/1443/7555/ - though stops aren't allowed through this stretch and there may be delays as helicopters fly over. Of course, call the number above to be sure of the latest information.

    Jim Macdonald
    The Magic of Yellowstone
    Yellowstone Newspaper
    Jim's Eclectic World

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Expansion of Visitor Center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument   5 years 51 weeks ago

    I agree that the expansion of the tourist center would ruin the battlefield! In fact, I think they ought to tear down the present center and move it somewhere off of the battlefield. I have been there several times in my quest for knowledge of the Battle of The Little Bighorn. Of course, I am a history buff!

    Kingman, AZ

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Legal concealed carry permit holders have passed background checks and received training on safe firearm procedures. With concealed carry, criminals, stalkers and thieves do not know who is armed. No one knows. I carry when legal to protect my family. When guns are banned, criminals are aware that their victims are defenseless. Cell phones don't work,and make individuals especially vulnerable in remote areas. There have been murders in a number of national parks where victims were selected because they were defenseless. National parks are places where legal concealed carry should be encouraged not feared.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    If GGNRA does become NPNP I'll make it a regular point to go there specifically to lose my lunch. Political statements are a wonderful thing!

  • Lawsuit Filed to Stop Expansion of Visitor Center at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Not only is it wrong to intrude further in to this historic site, they should consider removing the existing visitor's center and relocating it outside the field of view of the battlefield as proposed by Mr. Greene. For once, can't our government stop being so self-serving and do the right thing? If the integrity of the site is vastly important to our history, then shouldn't we try to keep it as accurate as possible and its' sites as prisitne as possible? This land should virtually remain as it did 134 years ago, untouched.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    LOL! Funnier than fiction!
    What a great read Bob, thanks!

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Well, apparently NPS and supporters of some NPS units (and maybe some chamber of commerce marketing hacks) do think that names matter. To wit: Congaree Swamp National Monument dropped "swamp" from its name when it became a national park in 2003 for fear no one would want to visit because, they thought, swamps are just so unattractive. How shallow! Perhaps that was a good move because Congaree isn't really a swamp anyway. (Maybe we'll see "canyon" dropped from Bryce Canyon NP's name one day...) Regardless, if Congress were to make a "swamp" a national park, I'd be intrigued and would be compelled to visit. Unfortunately, some believe that names should be altered (even after designation) to smooth over politicians, and that's what is disappointing. That happened to BLM-administered Colorado Canyons National Conservation Area here in Colorado. The name was changed to McInnis Canyons NCA, after former Republican Rep. Scott McInnis, a much less intriguing and descriptive name. Hopefully we won't see Golden Gate NRA changed to "Nancy Pelosi National Parks" anytime soon...

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    There really is no rational discussing of this subject is there? Both sides are so polarized that any middle ground is unreachable. I love how both sides demonize the other. Well, the Supreme Court made their decision and self protection is a individual right not to be infringed upon by the government. Reasonable regulations are currently ok but will be contested in court. One day for good or ill the issue will be resolved within the constraints of our legal system but much like Roe V Wade will never be resolved in our society.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Mookie, I agree with you. The NRA will milk the gun issue until your blue in the face...guns, bullets and profit! It's all about power and control. Whatever it takes win over an issue:lie, cheat, distort or give out misinformation, bad information or no information. These are the shrewd tactics of the NRA and these are not nice people were dealing with. Anyone who believes in these gun mongers that the National Parks will be safer, if we allow concealed hand guns to be implemented into law must be kidding themselves. Yes, we have extreme cases of sick violent crime in the National Parks but not at the wild level of hysteria that the NRA wants you to believe. It's all about right wing political football tactics (since it's election year) and it has nothing to do with bread and butter issues regarding the National Parks. It's a deliberate diversion tactic that separates us from the real true issues like: saving our natural heritage from the oil and cattle barons. It's all about rape and pillage of are natural resources for the multinational corporations and corrupt ideology.

  • Would You Love Zion National Park As Much If It Were Called Mukuntuweap National Park?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Is anyone of small enough mind to visit places based solely on their names? Do people regularly avoid places with names they, for whatever reason, cannot pronounce? If such is so, most Americans would be advised to not travel overseas, especially to places including, but not limited to: Germany, Poland, Slovakia, any Baltic or eastern European nation, Holland, France (yes, most of us entirely butcher that language too) Scandanavia, most Central, South American and Asian countries and greater Africa as well. Kinda limits your options for self-enrichment and a greater appreciation of global cultures, no?

    By the way.......you shouldn't be all that amazed that these national treasures were endowed with "official" names LONG before they were granted park status. Remember that Anglo was not the primary tongue spoken here until quite recently, and ALL of these places existed long before, and will continue long after "we the People" depart the region.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    The NRA has lost a lot of credibility over the years advocating gun as the ultimate freedom. Not so NRA. Not so. It continues.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    The topic of this post was about the supposed tactics the NRA is using to try to roll back the current NPS guidelines on carrying weapons in NPS units. Do we really need to re-hash all the same arguments again about whether the NPS has a right to have these guidelines in the first place and the dangers of allowing or not allowing guns in the parks?

    On the topic of the NRA planting a mole into the NPCA, while this bothers me greatly, it doesn't shock me either. And I'm guessing that many associations that require the lobbying of Congress as well as fighting other groups in the mainstream media will use similar tactics to see what the "opposition" is planning. Unfortunately I wonder, in a situation like this, if the decisions will be made by who has the best lobbyists or who has the best organized grass-roots constituency. I wish it could be left up to the people, but it seems that's never the case these days.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Can you provide a single incident where prohibiting the ownership/carry of fire arms produces a more peaceful society? Washington, DC, UK, etc.?

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    I'm not sure that I would necessarily agree that a gun has to raise the stakes, but you were describing difficulties with having to know the laws of both states. I was just pointing out that that is already an issue. You would have the same issue if someone were smoking a joint on a trail that crossed between two states. The ranger would have to have probable cause to suspect that the item being smoked was illegal in which ever state he was in.

    Let's say for arguments sake that one state allows up to 3.5 ozs for personal consumption (I think that is or used to be Alaska's law) and in the other state you could get put in jail for 6 months for possession of a joint. Ignoring federal law (perhaps this wasn't a good example because there is applicable federal law - although I have no idea how it's Constitutionally justified), the ranger must determine what state he is in before knowing what action to take.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Maybe if those ladies who were killed in Yosemite NAtional Park were allow to have a loaded gun in their posession they would still be alive???? (Ed: The murders referenced here did not take place in Yosemite National Park. The murdered women were Yosemite tourists who were killed near the park. For a relevant map, see this site.)

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Mark,

    Adding a gun to the equation raises the stakes substantially.

  • Segways in the National Parks: Do We Really Need Them?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Well said, Anonymous. And I'm all for your excitement of being able to see what before wasnt accessable to you and others. I have a Segway with knobby tires and is built for off road use. Its quiet, eco-friendly, and not much wider than your backpacker (with his candy bars). Although I'm healthy, I wonder whos business is it that one should get excercise while enjoying nature? Go to a gym to work those 2 branches! I get the feeling that the bored, envious, or just whiners are going to protest. Enjoy your walk, jog, or bike and I'll enjoy my glide. God Bless America~Land of the Free

  • Would a Change in Gun Laws Be a Threat to National Park Bears?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Animals can and do injury and kill people. Humans can and do injury and kill other humans.

    Very true.

    No one has the right to deny citizens of their right to defend themselves, be it from beast or man.

    Also true enough. Which is why, to the best of my knowledge, the federal government does not mandate that every citizen spend at least two weeks a year within the boundaries of a national park. No one is forcing anyone to go to national parks. The best way to defend yourself from all these vile beasts and crazed humans that are stalking our parks, is to stay far away from them. Thankfully, the law says that you have the right to not go to Yosemite. If they ever change that law, I'll be 100% in favor of allowing guns in there.

  • Did the NRA Infiltrate Groups Opposed to Overhauling Gun Regulations for the National Parks?   5 years 51 weeks ago

    Kurt,

    I understand the difficulty of a ranger knowing which state he is in (although less so than before GPS was an option) , but isn't this an issue with any law that might be different between the two states?

    Another Voice,

    You seem to be in "don't bother me, my mind is made up mode", but for what it is worth, while I am an NRA life member, I saw this not because of the NRA but because I have National Parks Traveler on my Yahoo page.
    Do you have any examples of devious schemes to undermine democracy. I personally fail to what is obfuscating about referring to the supreme law of the land, the Constitution. And, as far as things being scary goes, if the 2nd Amendment is ignored with impunity, I doubt that the 1st will remain strong.

    Mark