Allen v. Webb on guns in National Parks
I'd mentioned earlier outgoing Sen. George Allen's introduction of a bill to allow firearms in National Parks. The NY Times went predictably berserk. "Senator Allen’s bill is, of course, being cheered by the gun lobby, which sees it not as an assault on public safety but as a way of nationalizing the armed paranoia that the National Rifle Association and its cohorts stand for." Some blogs have chimed in: "And LASTLY, and probably what jumped out at me the most, is the plea to call Frist and get this "rushed" through the now lame-duck Republican Congress. THIS is how the Republicans are spending their time and energy? To make sure people can shoot people and animals in a park, hiding behind their "everyone is out to get me" self-defense argument?"
Hmmm.... Jim Webb, the Demo who defeated Allen, had an interesting response: "Webb promised in an Oct. 30 campaign letter to introduce similar legislation, citing his enjoyment of target-shooting and the fact that he has had a concealed-carry permit for years."
I suspect he's going to make some heads spin in coming years. The media, and many others, see the world as knee-jerk left vs. right (with both arbitrarily defined). Guys like him don't fit that mold.