NO GUNS IN PARKS !!! sign now

Members of Congress,

In case you didn't have a chance to read the fine print to the bill that you have just passed for putting some controls on credit card companies, there is this: A rider allowing visitors to national parks to carry concealed, loaded guns and rifles. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE !!!

It's a last-minute Bush administration policy, written by lobbyists for the National Rifle Assn., that was pushed through the Interior Department as President George W. Bush was leaving office.

The rule, now a federal law, allows the carrying of concealed, loaded weapons in national parks and wildlife refuges in states where people are legally allowed to carry concealed arms. Proponents argued that the policy would give weapons owners more clear rules, and essentially allows guns in all but three of the nation's 391 parks.

The gun rule was criticized by a broad coalition of groups, including law enforcement, park rangers and former Park Service directors. Opponents cited statistics showing that parks are among the safest places in the country and said the presence of guns would create a law enforcement nightmare and might lead to poaching.

Bill Wade, Executive Council chair of the Coalition of National Park Service Retirees, said today: "Legislators who voted for this amendment now have to live with the fact that they have, in fact, increased the risk to visitors and employees, as well as the risk to wildlife and some cultural resources. Moreover, they've just contributed to diminishing the specialness of this country's National Park System. We hope the American people register their disappointment in the actions of these legislators.

We are petitioning to reverse this law. Please help us REJECT this stupidity. There is NO reason for any sane person to carry a gun into a park and risk lives of children, women and men who go to hike and camp in the nature. Our parks are safer without the presence of guns !!!

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