Interesting subtext to Obama’s signing off on that law:
In 2009, as a popular and comprehensive credit card regulation bill moved through the U.S. Senate, Republicans attached an unrelated gun provision to the bill that permitted licensed gun owners to bring firearms into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as state law allowed it. Despite opposition to the gun amendment from a broad coalition of anti-violence, park-ranger and conservation organizations, as well as many members of Congress including McDermott, the bill was signed into law.
Another Republican act of blackmail in capitulation to the NRA agenda.
Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., who led congressional efforts to change the law, said concerns about increased violence were overblown.
“I don’t expect anything major to come from this other than to restore the Second Amendment rights taken away by bureaucrats,” Coburn said.
To paraphrase the Senator, (1)“What (2)could (3)happen?”
Adds NRA lobbyist Chris W. Cox:
“This common-sense measure will enhance the self-defense rights of law-abiding Americans and also ensure uniformity of firearm laws within a state,” said Chris W. Cox, the NRA’s chief lobbyist.”
That “bureaucrat” who signed the ban into law was President Ronald Reagan. The Bush Administration was the first to launch a campaign to overturn the ban (2008). The campaign overlapped into the Obama administration with Coburn carrying the bill for ransom on the passage of the consumer credit card measure.
And the “overblown part was the park rangers’s brains at Mt Rainier. The perpetrator in that case was on the run from an earlier incident in which he shot three people, then murdered park ranger Margaret Anderson, wife and mother of two small children.