Nice to see there is still somewhere that aspiring cowboys can't pack their pseudo-pricks. This was on the door of a National Park Visitor Center.
In a ugly bargain to win credit card reforms for consumers last year, Congresscritters accepted a National Rifle Association measure to allow guns in national parks. This reversed a hundred years of Park Service policy; the measure allowed continued restrictions at visitor centers, but not at park lodgings. Somehow I don't think having to share a campground with armed neighbors is any way to open our outdoors to most families, but I'm just a narrow-minded urbanite; where I come from, the gun-toters are mostly drug running thugs.
This week the NRA demonstrated again just who rules both Republicans and Democrats. Almost every other non-profit organization that spends money on campaign ads will have to disclose the names of the main donors under new legislation. But not the NRA; it won an exemption that apparently applies almost exclusively to the gun rights advocacy group.
Actually, the Sierra Club claims 1.3 million members, so I don't know why it might not fit these criteria. MoveOn is ten years old and claims 5 million members, though I suppose many don't pay annual dues.
Still there is something a little sick about the legislative clout gun advocates repeatedly demonstrate in Congress. Most cities would happily ban guns and ought to be allowed to.