I am writing in response to the AP article in the East Oregonian’s January 3, 2012, edition, “Body of suspected killer found.” The law that Congress passed in 2010 allowing firearms into national parks is one hundred percent correct. It is ridiculous to imply that this man would not have brought a loaded firearm into the park had there been a law against it. He was apparently mentally unstable and no law could have prevented him from carrying out his “agenda.”

Furthermore, for Mr. Wade of the Coalition of National Park  Service Retirees to place the blame for this murder onto the elected officials responsible for passing this law, as well as the NRA, is absurd. Anyone who has spent time camping or hiking in a wilderness area knows the dangers of wildlife such as bears or cougars, and knows that being armed is essential for self-protection.

Mike Scott


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