So I really fucking hate/ really WANT to take a stance on this as an NPS employee, and all of this is purely my own private ramble. I have had to explain the no gun rule to countless people…give off the whole philosophy that its for the protection of wildlife, and maybe even humans, to have your firearms “not readily available” (all you really have to do is keep it in trunk). So to step back from my training, I do believe that recreational lands sit in a little classification by themselves where you can and should revaluate what the point is of all the things which make up our little world and where do they fit into the park.
When working in a wilderness park I would have to say hell no to guns in the wild, the entire philosophy behind designated wilderness are the words “untrammeled” and “primeval”; a gun is a trammel in my opinion, it elevates a humans ego above his surrounding with a false sense of “fuck ya’ll”. It would also lead to countless animal deaths that, though they would still be illegal, would be facilitated by this regulation.
When working in tourist-vill I would say I don’t really care… on a human level, ya, were free Americans: another regulation down the drain is a rare achievement in these days of patriot acts and other BS. On an administrative level not much would change, we know people still have guns and we are trained to go into difficult situations with that in mind… but then again it does send a very wrong message from the rangers who deal with the little tiffs in the parks to tell a man that he can carry a concealed handgun up half dome only for him to get hikers rage (kinda like road rage) from all the congestion. (don’t joke, the worst in people tends to come out on a crowded day in our national heritage sites, haha)
I know I've just been rambling… and when it comes down to it, if it happens it happens. But I say all the recourses that are being put into this political fight should go to either fixing the broke down infrastructure that is our parks, or at least adding homosexuality to the list of non-discrimination policies in federal employment (like that’s gunna happen)