Tomorrow the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 goes into effect. That means, of course, that beginning tomorrow, if you can legally carry a firearm in a particular state, you may also carry your gun when you enter a National Park situated in that state (though not into the Park visitor’s center).
What did I say? What do credit cards have to do with guns in National Parks? Well, nothing. So? Heh, read Howard Nemerov’s piece appearing today at Pajama’s Media, which traces the interesting legislative maneuvering in Congress that has produced this result.
Here is the conclusion:
After the final House vote, Scot McElveen, President of the Association of National Park Rangers, came out against the new law, justifying himself by turning green:
Park wildlife, including some rare or endangered species, will face increased threats by visitors with firearms who engage in impulse or opportunistic shooting.
It bears noting here that every time a state liberalized its concealed handgun laws to allow more people to carry in public, gloom-and-doom pontifications multiplied like mushrooms in the forest, claiming that blood would run in the streets as people shot each other over parking spaces and fender benders.
FBI crime data shows that in 2008, states with liberalized concealed carry laws (more handguns in public) average 34.2% lower violent crime rates — and 52.6% lower murder rates — than states which severely restricted law-abiding citizens’ right of self-defense. This correlation is consistent and dates back to at least 2001.
Meanwhile, the rangers’ association web site states:
The National Park Service is facing a critical shortage of field personnel — a shortage that is predicted to get worse over the next five years.
While acknowledging their inability to protect you from a growing crime problem, park rangers won’t support your right of self-defense. This attitude underscores the correlation between anti-rights voting in Congress and public employee union campaign contributions: Their jobs take priority over your safety.
House gun control proponents were equally dismayed after the final vote:
We have a Democratic president, a Democratic House and a Democratic Senate, and we’re passing more gun legislation than when there was a Republican in the White House,” said Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), a gun-control advocate. “It’s disappointing.”
Anti-rights politicians accept special interest money and, along with government employees, derogate your right of self-defense. Perhaps the biggest insult is that your tax dollars pay their salaries.