Yogi Better Watch Out!

Republican Sen. Tom Coburn thinks that besides saving us from predatory credit card companies, the Credit Card Bill of Rights signed today by President Obama should also ensure that some of the safest places in the country, our National Parks (1.65 violent crimes per 100,000 national park visitors in 2006), should be allowing visitors to pack heat.

Introduced as an amendment to the credit card reform bill by Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma), the provision allows owners of licensed firearms to bring them into national parks and wildlife refuges as long as they are allowed to do so by state law.

Coburn’s amendment is intended to prevent the implementation of a March 19, 2009 preliminary federal injunction blocking a George W. Bush administration regulation that allowed concealed weapons to be carried in national parks and wildlife refuges, subject to state law. The regulation is currently under review by the Obama administration.

“The Federal laws should make it clear that the second amendment rights of an individual at a unit of the National Park System or the National Wildlife Refuge System should not be infringed,” states Sen. Coburn’s amendment.

So come February when the new law is scheduled to go into effect (unless Coburn can sneak it into another bill taking effect sooner), Yogi and Boo Boo will need to be more careful when choosing which picnic baskets to steal.

On a side note, how hard of a vote was this for our Congressional delegation? They had to choose between protecting the predatory credit card companies that serve as the backbone of our state’s economy, and keeping up their NRA cred which is so important to South Dakota’s 2nd Amendment crazed population.

They chose the predators that hire people for 10-12 bucks an hour.

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