Seriously, a Park Ranger is murdered by a man wanted for questioning in another incident and failure to yield, and a 2010 law that would’ve banned weapons in National Parks would’ve prevented it;
The shooting renewed debate about a federal law that made it legal for people to take loaded weapons into Mount Rainier. The 2010 law made possession of firearms in national parks subject to state gun laws.
Bill Wade, the outgoing chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said Congress should be regretting its decision to allow loaded weapons in national parks.
He called Sunday’s fatal shooting a tragedy that could have been prevented. He hopes Congress will reconsider the law that took effect in early 2010, but doubts that will happen in today’s political climate.
Oh Bill Wade (a nobody) is just the beginning, I’m sure. As if the gunman on the run would reach the National Park boundary and simply toss all weapons out of his vehicle because of a gun law is beyond absurd.
Yet it’s precisely this stupidity that ABC leads it’s coverage with;
The fatal shooting of a Park Service ranger at Mount Rainier National Park has renewed debate about a nearly two-year-old federal law that allows loaded weapons in national parks.
The outgoing chairman of a national organization of Park Service retirees said that Congress should be regretting its decision.
The law let licensed gun owners bring firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed by state law. Guns are allowed in all but about 20 of the park service’s 392 locations, from Yellowstone to Yosemite.
Before 2010, firearms at Mount Rainier were required to be temporarily inoperable or put away so they weren’t easily accessible.
Sunday’s fatal shooting of a Park Service ranger Margaret Anderson could have been prevented, said Bill Wade, a former superintendent of Shenandoah National Park, just outside Washington, D.C., who started his career as a professional ranger at Mount Rainier.
The stupid never ceases. People like this don’t stop at borders or boundaries;