Valley Forge National Park

Bitter and I, as we originally planned, paid a visit to Valley Forge National Park today.  It was a cold, breezy January day, so not many people were there.  I took some pictures.  Click through to find out what they are:

Remember that the Brady Campaign are seeking an injunction against the new carry rule, and might get one.  It is an abomination that the men who bore arms in the defense of our Republic should have suffered and died here only to see their posterity fined and jailed for doing so in their own self-defense.

8 thoughts on “Valley Forge National Park”

  1. A couple things …

    First, great photos! I am a little jealous of your visit to a place steeped in such great history.

    Second, the ushanka is a wonderful and effective hat! I picked up a couple when I visited the Soviet Union years back. But Bitter’s not wearing a hat … does that mean her blood runs warm, or merely that she’s tougher than you!?

    Thirdly, many people have made dire predictions about allowing people to lawfully carry guns on national parks land. I am very glad to hear that you didn’t threaten or endanger the public or parks rangers, or start blasting away at those deer based on the “varmint mentality” that we gun owners ubiquitously are supposed to possess.

    I don’t know … but this makes me wonder if all those fears of the Parks Association, Ranger’s retirees, and Brady Campaign are unfounded …


  2. I searched google news, but I can’t find any reports of the National Parks being painted red in blood yesterday as predicted. I especially checked PA, knowing you were there. Perhaps your firearm is defective since it didn’t jump out of it’s holster and start shooting the place up?

  3. Thicker hair helps. :)

    However, since my hair was still wet in that photo, I could have used a hat. Last night I showed him several options I would have been happy to wear with him to help keep warm.

    We joked about how the park is surprisingly unpopular in the winter – the time Washington was actually there. Inside the barracks wasn’t too bad, but I’m shocked they didn’t try to put more than 12 men in there. They could have fit and it would have made it a little warmer.

  4. My prediction?

    The kicking, screaming, wailing, and gnashing-of-teeth will fall off the map, here very soon … other than the little uptick it will get when the Brady and the NPCA lawsuits are dismissed.

  5. doesnt 18 U.S.C. 930 apply to the buildings there? i mean it wouldnt surprise me to see those barracks deemed a “federal facility”

  6. Technically speaking, it has to be posted for them to prosecute you. However, I did not enter any of the huts while armed.

  7. BTW This anecdote about Peter Muhlenberg is badass (from the wikipedia page):

    According to a biography written by his great nephew in the mid 1800’s,.[1] on January 21, 1776 in the Anglican church in Woodstock, Virginia, Reverend Muhlenberg took his sermon text from the third chapter Ecclesiastes, which starts with “To every thing there is a season…”. As the story goes, he read the eighth verse, “…a time of war, and a time of peace,… and this is the time of war”. According to the story, he then removed his clerical robe to reveal his Colonel’s uniform, and the next day led out 300 men from the county to form the nucleus of the Eighth Virginia.

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