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All praise to Lamar Alexander for mustering the courage
to cast the only Republican vote today against allowing guns in national parks.
"I have consistently been a strong supporter of Second Amendment rights, but this legislation goes too far - further than President Reagan, further than President Bush, and further than Tennessee law," Alexander says.
Sen. Tom Coburn sponsored the amendment. "If an American citizen has a right to carry a firearm in their state, it makes no sense to treat them like a criminal if they pass through a national park while in possession of a firearm," he says.
But what if they're not merely passing through? What if they're stopping at a car campground, getting drunk and waving around their firearms at 2 in the morning? This is not an unlikely scenario. Rangers could arrest these asshats, of course, hopefully before they opened fire on some poor, unsuspecting camper. But why subject everyone to such risk and trouble just to please the goofballs who like to play with guns?