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May 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Guns in parks

Don’t disarm legal carriers with obscure boundary

The editorial titled ” ‘Penalties’ tacked on to credit-card bill,” Opinion, May 22] stated simply that “guns in national parks are a bad idea.” Why? Because “guns in the parks are a recipe for trouble. Park visitors are not allowed to shoot bears or any other animals, so there is little else to fire at other than people.”

It’s ironic. The editorial board thinks that if we allow guns to be carried by visitors in national parks, criminal activity will increase. However, with a ban, the only visitors who will have a guns there will be criminals.

Why not let people who carry within the law of the state not be denied just because they cross some obscure boundary? We need more “good guys” to be carrying; otherwise, only the “bad guys” will.

— William Weaver, Kirkland

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