Josh Sugarmann gets hysterical about an upcoming change that will take place in a few weeks allowing us to carry in National Parks, consistent with state law. I’d be hard pressed to say a single reason is responsible for the decline in the fortunes of the anti-gun movement, but I think the histrionics over the danger of concealed carry been a big factor. With the help of their allies in the media, the anti-gun groups have, at every step, consistently predicted dire consequences and consistently been wrong every time. We’ve managed to substantially reduce crime in this country while simultaneously liberalizing our gun laws. February 22nd will be a total non-event. People will come and visit the parks as usual, and, like before, most of them will not be carrying guns. A few of us will, but chances are, no one will notice.
You’d think after a while they’d stop beating the same drum, continuing to lose credibility. Lost in the argument Sugarmann and the Bradys make, trying to scare people with the prospect of open carry, is why you don’t see people open carrying rifles and handguns in the multitude of other venues, including state parks in most states, where people may legally do all those things now. Open carry is a total non-issue. It’s not that widely practiced. After February 22nd, people will be no more likely to see an openly carried firearm in a National Park than they will anywhere else. That’s not to say you’ll never see it. Even I’ve practiced open carry while hiking, and one other time I’ve run into someone else on the trail open carrying. But it’s never been a big deal. If the sight of a gunÂ that bothers you that much, I recommend counseling to help you get over your irrational fears.