Leave These Folks Alone, Already…
by Dennis E. Florian
Gun grabbers are never going to like anything that makes it easier for anyone (no matter how law-abiding they may be) to carry concealed weapons. It doesn’t matter how reasonable the proposal may be, they’ll still fall into spasms of apoplexy over it. It’s just in their blood. Or maybe their DNA. Whatever. They just don’t like guns: I get it, already. But the reaction of some of the “gun control” goonies to the U.S. Interior Department’s recent decision to allow concealed carry in national parks is off in la-la land, even by my expectations of such folks.
They just can’t seem to get it through their heads that this is a good thing, not a bad one.
The Brady Campaign is doing what all good social engineering busybodies do when things don’t go their way: launching a lawsuit to get the courts to do by decree what can’t be done democratically; saying that allowing concealed carry in parks will “jeopardize the safety of park visitors.”
Funny, isn’t it, that CCW permit holders don’t seem to pose a safety risk to people anywhere else in the US of A? Maybe it’ll be something in that national park water that’ll set ’em off…
Sen. Dianne Feinstein made like a good little anti-gun Democrat and wrote in a an Op-Ed that “park visitors expect a safe and enjoyable experience – not loaded guns and stray bullets.”
Apparently, nobody bothered to clue Dianne in to the fact that CCW holders are, by both definition and governmental verification, law-abiding people who handle their firearms in the safest possible manner. And they jump through all the bureaucratic hoops to prove it.
The sheriffs in most counties of the United states have a hard time remembering the last gun-related crime committed by a CCW permit holder in their jurisdiction. And why shouldn’t they? As Shasta County, CA Sheriff Tom Bosenko recently put it: “We issue them to responsible people.”
It’s the ones who don’t give a damn about the law and pack concealed weapons anyway, that you need to worry about. And let’s face it, have you ever seen a park ranger doing a weapons search at an entrance station? How about frisking hikers?
Nah, me neither.
The main reason that America’s national parks are as safe as they are is that, to be blunt about it, gangbangers and other crooks aren’t big on camping. Compliance with the law has always been, more than anything else, on the honour system.
Most hikers aren’t going to go through the hassle of toting the extra weight of a gun and even if they do, a CCW-holding, gun-totin’ backpacker’s going to be about the last thing you need to worry about in the woods. You’ll have a better chance of getting attacked by a bear (in which case, the aforementioned backpacker could come in quite handy).
To the gun control kooks: pull your heads out of your rears; these people aren’t the problem. And the ones who are couldn’t give a damn about the rules to begin with.
Before any American gun control advocates think about making comparisons to Canada: Dennis Florian is Canadian.