Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bay area environmentalists whine about national parks rule

From Northern California, via the Marin Independent Journal:
Local environmentalists and others are expressing surprise and disappointment over a change in federal law this month that makes it legal to bring concealed weapons into Muir Woods National Monument, Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

To many, the idea of guns being brought to Muir Woods seems at odds with its tranquil character, where people come to escape urban life to feel at one with nature.

"Unbelievable," said Richard Watson of Greenbrae, who leads hikes for the Sierra Club's Marin Group. "When you go into Mother Nature and places like Muir Woods, and you have a rule like this, it is particularly obscene."
Scot McElveen, a retired chief park ranger and president of the Association of National Park Rangers, is apprehensive about the rule.

"Park wildlife, including some rare or endangered species, will face increased threats by visitors with firearms who engage in impulse or opportunistic shooting," McElveen said. "We also worry about increased vandalism shooting at historic monuments, archaeological petroglyphs and park signs and markers."

Article here. I guess the "rare or endangered species" that face "increased threats" due to those wacko law-abiding citizens with hard to obtain California CCWs who will no doubt "engage in impulse or opportunistic shooting" is the anti-gun wilderness version of "blood will run in the streets" and "there will be shootouts over parking spaces." Sigh.

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