On the controversial DOI regulation passed late last year that allows members of the public to carry concealed and loaded firearms in national parks, Salazar told a National Park Service employee concerned about assaults on park rangers that he would "take a look at it."
>From the audience, Einar Olson from the National Park Service said the national parks get 275 million visitors a year and park rangers and officers are already the most assaulted of all law enforcement officers.
And yet once again, we need to be sure to frame this issue in the proper context.
A person who would assault a Park Ranger is not going to obey a "no guns" policy.
What we need to ask this Park Ranger (or more appropriately, suggest that our Senators ask Secretary Salazar) is:
"Why do you want criminals
to be the only ones who are armed
in your parks? Wouldn't you prefer there to be at least a chance that an armed, law abiding citizen might come to your aid if such an assault were to happen?"