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Bureau of Land Management: Shooting Okay Again on Public Lands

The federal government was against shooting on public lands before they were for it.

Howard Nemerov


November 18, 2011 - 6:14 am

My last article was about the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to curtail shooting on public lands, curiously, I received a comment alleging this was all a “tempest in a teapot.” If so, why would the Bureau of Land Management decide to revise their draft guidelines on public land usage to include “input and recommendations” from conservation and hunting organizations?

Why did they need to clarify with the following statement?

“We are in no way interested in banning recreational target shooting, hunting, or fishing—on the contrary, our goal is to develop guidance that will help land managers maximize and preserve opportunities for recreational shooting.”

Because the BLM has been “under fire from gun owners concerned about draft guidelines.”

There are a few good quotes about how important eternal vigilance is in defense of Liberty. For those who think this was not that big of a deal, please read the BLM draft document. On page 3 is this vital statement:

“Active management of recreational shooting by identifying areas of low risk or resource conflict that remain open for dispersed shooting activities, and closing areas that are identified as having high risks or conflicts through a temporary or permanent closure are effective ways to reduce risks while preserving recreational opportunities for the public.”

Imagine an anti-rights president stacking the Department of Interior with anti-rights bureaucrats who believe that guns are so dangerous that any shooting is too risky. They declare all public lands to be “high risk” and use these guidelines to ban guns.

Now remember Obama’s quote to the Brady Campaign:

“I just want you to know that we are working on it. We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

Be assured that the government maintains eternal vigilance on the People, waiting to see if we’re distracted by the latest celebrity menage a twit. That’s how they’ve gotten away with slowly infringing our rights so far.

Today, the vigilance of those ready to defend Liberty won a skirmish in this ongoing war.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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