The Republicans Set Up Obama

4 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!).



  1. When was that new rule put through government? Reason I ask is that I heard Obama halted all of Bush’s laws signed within the last few weeks of his administration?

  2. The rule took effect on December 10th with an effective date in late January (not sure what date). Obama can’t halt the laws (he is sworn to uphold the laws (of course, we saw how good Bush was at that)) but the signing statements are being revisited. That’s why I think Obama was set up by the Republicans.

  3. Yep, this is one they knew would be reversed. The really nasty ones they pushed through earlier. Anything that was signed within the 60 days prior to the inauguration can be reversed without much hassle; ones that go back farther are harder to undo.

    Although I don’t know if this was so much a set-up as it was an “up yours” to the NPS law enforcement community. The NRA foamers were already convinced Obama is the anti-Christ; I think it’s more likely it was just one more example of Bush petulantly demonstrating that he was The Decider and would do whatever he damn well pleased no matter what the advice from various experts and agency panels happened to be.

  4. You are exactly right.

  5. This is a brilliant analysis.

  6. Nan: Definately an ‘up yours.’ Odd that, given the Republican worship of Law Enforcement, they really don’t like USFS, NPS or BLM LEOs. Odd. I still think, though, that, in addition to the up yours to the NPS, it was also a wonderful ‘damned if you do, damned if you don’t’ situation for which there is no good solution for the current administration.

    Poodles and DB: Thanks.

  7. Mark 16: 16 He that believeth and is baptized, shall be saved: but he that believeth not shall be condemned.


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