The president recently signed a piece of credit card reform legislation that included an amendment to allow the lawful carry of firearms in national parks for the purpose of self-defense.
Gun control advocates are crying foul because obviously, guns have nothing to do with credit card reform, but considering the dirty tricks they played in the past, they don't have my sympathy. I am all for restoring our Second Amendment rights by any means possible.
Naturally, they have to play up the baseless hysterics about people running around with AK-47s (1, 2, and 3), ignoring the fact that the open carrying of a loaded long gun is illegal in a vast majority of states unless you're on hunting grounds or a gun range.
Speaking of hunting, another one of the lies being perpetuated is now that lawfully carried firearms are allowed in national parks, there will be an uptick in poaching. They conveniently leave out the fact, that poaching in a national park is already illegal and those who are intent on breaking that law will not be inconvenienced by one more law.
Once you get past the hysterics and fear-mongering, this legislation changes very little. All it does is allow state law to apply to national parks. It won't increase the numbers of people carrying guns. It won't allow any currently prohibited person to carry a gun. You won't be allowed to carry any kind of gun you want. It won't allow people to open fire for any reason. You won't be able to carry a gun in the Statue of Liberty or the National Mall. Our national parks will now be under the same firearms laws as our movie theaters and shopping malls. No longer will a person have to worry about becoming a criminal just because they crossed an invisible barrier.
At the end of the day, this latest tantrum is just a continuation of the gun controllers' "blood will run the streets" meme. For almost a quarter of a century, law-abiding citizens have been able to legally carry a firearm for protection. And each time a new place or population becomes open to carrying, the gun controllers give dire predictions of "wild west shoot-outs" over parking spaces and hurt feelings. Yet none of these predictions come true.