Anti-gun nuts going nuts – concealed carry in national parks
David Kopel who writes for Volokh Conspiracy has a great article in The New Ledger concerning the over-reaction of the anti-carry crowd who think national parks will soon be unsafe for humans. Earlier this week Congress passed, and President Obama signed, a law that would allow residents who have a valid pistol/carry permit for a state, to carry in national parks within that state.
Oh the horror.
Kopel digs into the psychology of the site visitors who have posted comments over at the New York Times Opinion area, Room for Debate. Some were a bit ticked off that the amendment was “hidden” [it wasn’t] within another “clearly popular” bill, but others are totally freaked out that they now have to worry if the person walking up the trail behind them is carrying a loaded pistol.
Hey idiot, as a reminder to you, that same person could be walking up the street behind you in the same state one mile outside of a national park can carrying a loaded pistol.
Did I just totally freak you out?
You really need to read Kopel’s piece, especially the part where he takes readers on a virtual tour of the northeast United States starting in New York City.
So starting in Manhattan, you can enjoy the entire Empire State, a large and interesting place. If you feel a desire to leave New York, be extremely careful about heading east. Going into Connecticut will immediately put you in a place where the government routinely issues carry permits to law-abiding, trained adults. In other words, Connecticut is just as dangerous as a National Park.
Vermont is even worse, with no permits even required for carrying concealed handguns. And everyone knows how dangerous Vermont is. New Hampshire and Maine are similar to Connecticut, and must be avoided.
Massachusetts is safe, as long as you cross directly into the state, without going through Connecticut. Rhode Island is good too, providing that you approach it via Massachusetts, or take a ferry from eastern Long Island. A trip through Connecticut would obviously be too risky.
I was rolling on the floor laughing at that. Yes, I know it’s possible to get a License to Carry in Massachusetts, and Rhode Island is a shall issue state, but it really is funny.
Here are some selected comments from the New York Times’ Opinion page noted above…
… There’s going to be a killing (probably a number of killings around the country) and I don’t want to see it. … Now, no place in the Preserve is safe.
… Am I going to feel safer knowing the guy coming toward me on the trail is explicitly allowed to carry a loaded gun? Absolutely not. Instead, I’m wondering if the prudent thing would be to carry a gun myself. …
… Whose role in the death of thousands upon thousands of US citizens every year is close to invisible? Weapons manufacturers. …
Many “law-abiding” citizens who own guns are one missed prescription away from becoming font page news. …
… I would be happy today to see gun permits restricted to anyone who has been shot or shot at.
The Second Amendment was drafted in a time of war, when it was a crime to speak out against the Crown of England. Obviously, that is not the case now.
… I would hate to be visiting Yellowstone, with my only concern being an attack from a grisly bear, that some loco guy who just lost his job is seeking vengeance in the park. …
Are folks like LetsBfairUSA so disillusion to think someone who lost their job and was seeking vengence by shooting people in a national park would stop and think “oh, I can’t do this in a national park, it’s illegal to carry a loaded pistol in there”?
So, who’s missing their medication Nancy Litz?