Guns now allowed in Smokies, on Parkway

Guns now allowed in Smokies, on Parkway

There are 159 comments on the Asheville Citizen-Times story from Dec 5, 2008, titled Guns now allowed in Smokies, on Parkway. In it, Asheville Citizen-Times reports that:

Comments on Topix forums : WASHINGTON People will now be able to carry concealed weapons in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Lee

Clover, SC

#1 Dec 6, 2008
I was thinking it was too damn cold to hike on the parkway this morning, but now that i can bring some heat, i'll be there.

Since: Oct 07

Wilkesboro, NC

#2 Dec 6, 2008
Just what WE need nuts with guns on the Parkway.
Too bad bears couldn't be trained to attack anyone with gun powder.
eeyore

Schuylkill Haven, PA

#3 Dec 6, 2008
great, now every freak, gay and treehugger scared of their own shadow will be carrying a gun...

this is going to be an eye opener...
Kaibab

Charlotte, NC

#4 Dec 6, 2008
Please encourage your Congressman to support this new ruling. It can be reversed by the Obama administration and that is what libs will be counting on.

“Fourth Estate = Fifth Column”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#5 Dec 6, 2008
It's about time.

It's better to have a gun and not need it than the other way around.
TheBroker

Somerset, KY

#6 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
Just what WE need nuts with guns on the Parkway.
Too bad bears couldn't be trained to attack anyone with gun powder.
Actually, if you'd bother to actually READ the story, you'd see that the rule applies ONLY to those who hold a valid and legal Concealed Weapons Permit. This isn't something that's just issued on a whim...it requires proper training and qualification, as well as an extensive background check. "Nuts" can't get Concealed Weapons Permits, as history of mental illness is an immediate disqualifier. If said "nuts" wanted to carry a gun on the parkway BEFORE this change, do you really think a silly rule would prevent it? Don't buy into the typical liberal fallacy that criminals will suddenly start obeying the law and not use guns if are banned. At least this way, the REST of us...law abiding qualified citizens...have the right to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
Kaibab

Charlotte, NC

#7 Dec 6, 2008
eeyore wrote:
great, now every freak, gay and treehugger scared of their own shadow will be carrying a gun...
this is going to be an eye opener...
And how many of the types that you described do you think have a conceal carry permit? I hardly think they own a firearm in the first place... what a far fetched statement on your part.

“Fourth Estate = Fifth Column”

Since: Apr 07

Location hidden

#8 Dec 6, 2008
Well put.

(also, Google: HR218 if you want to see what a hassle of getting a national permit is)
Kaibab

Charlotte, NC

#9 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
Just what WE need nuts with guns on the Parkway.
Too bad bears couldn't be trained to attack anyone with gun powder.
If that were the case, then the bears would have been going after gov officials who have been carrying firearms since the beginning of nat parks and wilderness areas. Rememeber, when a bear gets out of line, it is a gov agent that takes it down... usually with a firearm. In most cases that I'm aware of, it is simply the fault of the "nuts" in the first place that caused the animal to loose its life.

Hmmm, bears going after gov officials, maybe I need to think about this a little more, you may be on to something.
southernfried

Maxton, NC

#10 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
Just what WE need nuts with guns on the Parkway.
Too bad bears couldn't be trained to attack anyone with gun powder.
Just in case you resently crawled from under a rock there were already plenty of weapons on the parkway carried by guess who nonlicensed persons.

Read the article again, apparently you just scanned over it. Do you understand the word "PERMITTED" HELD BY AN AMERICAN TAXPAYING CITIZEN????

Join in on a topic where you can contribute information that you know something about.

Additionally, have you looked at the FBI crime stats lately??? Seems as though only the scum have weapons whild people like you sit and wait their turn to be their next, "VICTIM".

Yep, I guess you would be safer under a "ROCK"!!
Gooooooooood day
Engineers Daughter

Boiling Springs, SC

#11 Dec 6, 2008
If you want a real eye opener about concealed carry, watch this video.
http://video.google.com/videoplay...

Since: Oct 07

Wilkesboro, NC

#12 Dec 6, 2008
TheBroker wrote:
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Actually, if you'd bother to actually READ the story, you'd see that the rule applies ONLY to those who hold a valid and legal Concealed Weapons Permit. This isn't something that's just issued on a whim...it requires proper training and qualification, as well as an extensive background check. "Nuts" can't get Concealed Weapons Permits, as history of mental illness is an immediate disqualifier. If said "nuts" wanted to carry a gun on the parkway BEFORE this change, do you really think a silly rule would prevent it? Don't buy into the typical liberal fallacy that criminals will suddenly start obeying the law and not use guns if are banned. At least this way, the REST of us...law abiding qualified citizens...have the right to protect ourselves and our loved ones.
I got my concealed carry permit about 25 years ago. Required nothing but paperwork. No training whatsoever.

Most of the people I know that have concealed carry permits are the last people that need to be so permitted.

I have used/owned guns for over 50 years.

I see no need nor reason for anyone to cary any firearm whatsoever on the Parkway.
Cowards will always be cowards who think they need to be armed against a society they are by definition afraid of, when no need exists.
Skeptic

Dillon, SC

#13 Dec 6, 2008
CCW holders shop with you, eat with you in restaurants that don't serve alcohol, go to church with you, etc.

I'll bet you didn't notice because their weapons were CONCEALED and they are all squeeky-clean law-abiding citizens. You'll not notice it when you hike either.

At least now we can drive on the parkway if it is the most convenient path without fear of arrest.

Since: Oct 07

Wilkesboro, NC

#14 Dec 6, 2008
southernfried wrote:
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Just in case you resently crawled from under a rock there were already plenty of weapons on the parkway carried by guess who nonlicensed persons.
Read the article again, apparently you just scanned over it. Do you understand the word "PERMITTED" HELD BY AN AMERICAN TAXPAYING CITIZEN????
Join in on a topic where you can contribute information that you know something about.
Additionally, have you looked at the FBI crime stats lately??? Seems as though only the scum have weapons whild people like you sit and wait their turn to be their next, "VICTIM".
Yep, I guess you would be safer under a "ROCK"!!
Gooooooooood day
Cowards will always feel safer or otherwise make up for lack of manhood by illegaly carying guns.
If your that scared stay home.
Jim Greenwood

AOL

#15 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
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I got my concealed carry permit about 25 years ago. Required nothing but paperwork. No training whatsoever.
Most of the people I know that have concealed carry permits are the last people that need to be so permitted.
I have used/owned guns for over 50 years.
I see no need nor reason for anyone to cary any firearm whatsoever on the Parkway.
Cowards will always be cowards who think they need to be armed against a society they are by definition afraid of, when no need exists.
Can you be anymore contradictory?
blackears

Maxton, NC

#16 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
<quoted text>
I got my concealed carry permit about 25 years ago. Required nothing but paperwork. No training whatsoever.
Most of the people I know that have concealed carry permits are the last people that need to be so permitted.
I have used/owned guns for over 50 years.
I see no need nor reason for anyone to cary any firearm whatsoever on the Parkway.
Cowards will always be cowards who think they need to be armed against a society they are by definition afraid of, when no need exists.
Like the person suggested earlier, go to your rock and get under it.
southernfried

Maxton, NC

#17 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
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Cowards will always feel safer or otherwise make up for lack of manhood by illegaly carying guns.
If your that scared stay home.
I'm not scared tuff guy, just attempting to exercise one of my rights as a USA citizen.

By the way, what other rights are you willing to "GIVE UP" in the name of being a tuff guy.
Keith former Gun-bunny

Weaverville, NC

#18 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
Just what WE need nuts with guns on the Parkway.
Too bad bears couldn't be trained to attack anyone with gun powder.
Nuts have always been on the Parkway with guns. You know, the ones who are criminals. Duh.........
Junebugg

Cleveland, GA

#19 Dec 6, 2008
Chuck Zimmerman wrote:
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Cowards will always feel safer or otherwise make up for lack of manhood by illegaly carying guns.
If your that scared stay home.
Stay home! Home invasions are happening daily all across the USA to innocent citizens. These idiots that we are "afraid of" don't care if you are in your own home, car or in the state park. Just because we want to protect our families has nothing to do with being a coward - a coward would sit back like all the gun haters & let our society keep going down the drain!
WNC residents

Chesnee, SC

#20 Dec 6, 2008
“This regulation will put visitors, employees and precious resources of the National Park System at risk. We will do everything possible to overturn it and return to a common sense approach to guns in national parks that has been working for decades,” Wade said.

That comment comes from a life-long employee of the National Park Service. Maybe he has a better insight into this issue than any of us...

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