Monday, January 14, 2008

Bad Ideas

In the late 70s and early 80s, the nation's national parks and wildlife refuges had a problem: poachers and lowlifes were using firearms to kill animals in these protected spaces. Under Reagan's Interior Secretary James Watt, regulations were drafted to restrict the use of guns in US National Parks and Wildlife Refuges. While still permitted to be transported through parks, they had to be moved in much the same way as most interstate weapons transport: the gun(s) had to be unloaded and transported in a way so that they were not immediately accessible to the driver (such as in the trunk), with ammo stored seperately. These regulations cut way down on gun-related incidents in national parkland. Now, 47 senators want to loosen the restrictions on guns in national parks. I'm a pretty big fan of the second amendment, but the current restrictions seem fairly reasonable to me - perhaps because my two traveling companions could be easily mistaken at a distance for coyotes. Why are we fixing what ain't broke?


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