If you were to listen to Brady Campaign material, National Parks are the safest places in the world. Â Well, yes, they are generally pretty safe. Â Just like most places in the United States, save maybe places like Detroit. Â But the problem in National Parks is there’s no recourse to the authorities, or to good samaritans. Â If you find yourself in trouble in a National Park, you’re largely on your own.
Each camp is typically tended around the clock by guards who may be equipped with assault rifles, night-vision goggles, walkie-talkies and radios to monitor law-enforcement chatter.
I’ll be honest, considering when I’ve hiked out west, I’ve enjoyed traveling a bit off the beaten path, this makes me wonder if just having a pistol is enough, or whether an AR-15 might be a better option. Â You end up getting into it with drug gangs, you’re effectively on your own. Â Law enforcement help is going to be hours away. Â I’m going to suggest if you’re going hiking on federal land that have been found to have grow operations, you need to carry thinking more along the lines of combat rather than a street confrontation. Â If you think that’s paranoid, consider this:
So far this fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, federal agents have raided 487 pot farms on forest-service land, where they destroyed 2.6 million marijuana plants, seized 138 firearms and made 369 arrests on felony drug charges.
That’s not a small problem, when you consider the how few federal lands are involved.