Monday, February 22, 2010

A Little Good/Gun News Today

"Starting Monday, a new federal law will allow guns to be carried into national parks and wildlife refuges across the country,"


Bill Wade, a chairman for the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, calls the new law a "sad chapter" in the storied history of the park system.

"On the heels of the Ken Burns documentary about the importance of national parks to America and after a year of increased visitation to parks despite a poor economy, this law will have a chilling effect on how visitors behave in national parks," said Wade, the former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park. "A feeling of safety and security will be replaced by wariness and suspicion."

In other words: If I'm disarmed and at the mercy of every psycho, I feel safe and secure. When I am able to defend myself, I feel wary and suspicious.

Good that you're retired, moron. You got Alzheimer's.

Angel Kruzen, with the Sierra Club's Missouri water sentinel program, said she didn't foresee the new gun law causing major problems at the Ozark National Scenic Riverways.

She did question, however, how the law might make it more difficult for law enforcement officers to catch people illegally shooting wildlife from their vehicles.

"I think it may be more difficult to enforce," said Kruzen, who lives in Mountain View, Mo. "In the past, if they saw someone sitting in their car with a loaded gun, it was pretty clear what they were up to. Now, I suspect that's going to be a little more difficult."

I hope that isn't meant to suggest that people should allow themselves to get disarmed and then murdered just to make it easier to catch poachers.

"Nobody robbed a liquor store on the lower part of town"

Because the storeowner had a gun to defend himself with.

"Nobody OD'ed, nobody burned a single buildin' down"

Because the homeowner had a gun to defend his home with.

"Nobody fired a shot in anger, nobody had to die in vain"

Because everybody had a gun to defend themselves with.

"We sure could use a little good news today"

Like the above.

"Somebody takes a hostage, somebody steals a plane"

Because guns are still banned on planes. Whenever guns are outlawed, only skyjackers have guns.

How I wanna hear the anchor man talk about a county fair
And how we cleaned up the air, how everybody learned to care
Whoa, tell me

Nobody was assassinated in the whole Third World today
And in the streets of Ireland, all the children had to do was play
And everybody loves everybody in the good old USA
We sure could use a little good news today

"An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life."

— Robert A. Heinlein

"We need a change in policy"

Here's one. One down, one bazillion more gun laws to go.

Of course, as "terrorists" use small planes instead of guns nowadays, we all know what gets banned next.

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