The Republicans Set Up Obama4 February, 2009
For the past quarter-century, by Presidential decree, it has been illegal to carry loaded concealed guns in America’s National Park sites (which include National Parks, Monuments, Historic Sites, Historical Sites, Rivers, Scenic Rivers, Seashores, Lakeshores, etc.). This rule, revamped under the Reagan administration (ya’ll remember Reagan, right? the darling of the neoconservative movement? the patron saint of conservatism?) said that it was legal to have firearms in National Parks as long as they were stowed properly and unloaded. However, under pressure from the NRA, the Bush administration pushed through, visitors to our National Parks can now carry loaded, concealed firearms (they are still not allowed to take them into federal buildings, such as visitor centers).
Why? Republicans already counted on the gun vote. They pretty much have it sewn up. So why the change now? Do the visitors need to defend themselves from the ubiquitous Uintah Groundsquirrel? Or the Ouzel? This afternoon I had an epiphany. I realized what it was all about.
Since the last election, the NRA (and other firearm rights groups) have been working to frighten American gun owners, claiming that the Obama administration is going to take their guns away. Never mind that gun control was never a big part of Obama’s campaign. Never mind that there are no proposals on the table, anywhere, for stricter gun control. The NRA is using fear to raise money.
So the way I figure it, the Bushies pushed through this rule to set up Obama. Here’s how it works: Bush signs the new (and pointless) rule. Groups such as the National Parks Conservation Association protest and ask the incoming administration to change the rule. The gun lobby and the Republicans then scream in orgasmic ecstasy terror and accuse Obama of trampling the gun rights of ordinary law abiding and heavily armed citizens. Then the NRA sits back and pulls in millions of dollars to be doled out to their favourite politicians. And the Republicans can exploit an imaginary wedge issue. Again.
Its a win-win situation. If the rule is not changed, loaded and hidden guns in National Parks. If the rule is changed, more proof that the radical commie socialist Democrat weenies want to take the guns (waaah!).