On February 22, it became legal to carry concealed weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges according to the laws of the state in which they are located.
Most states require classroom instruction, a firing-range session, and a criminal background check in order to grant a concealed-carry permit. Vermont and Alaska do not require permits. Arizona permits "open" carry.
It's been a whole week, and mass carnage has not yet erupted.
Sitting her office, Betsy Marston, retired editor of High Country News, "views with alarm" the new regulations: "tourists around you might be packing an assault rifle."
(High Country News always seasons its good environmental reporting with plenty of stereotypes and liberal guilt.)
Right. Frankly, I doubt that Mrs. Marston could define "assault rifle" if you handed her a pencil and piece of paper. And even using Wikipedia evidently is too much trouble.
Let's go back to that key word: concealed. It means, "you can't see it," and that fact pretty rules out rifles and shotguns.
But why let simple facts get in the way of editorial opinions?
National parks are not always safe places, and the dangerous predators usually walk on two legs. (I prefer pepper spray for the four-legged type.)
Meanwhile, on the East Coast, Sebastian of Snowflakes in Hell puts boots on the ground, looking for carnage in parks and monuments, but he finds none.
Funny about that.