Uh huh

The killing of a park ranger is tragic enough without simpletons piling on. Margaret Anderson, a 34-year-old married mother of two was shot by a lunatic while she was trying to stop his car in Mount Ranier National Park. Certain people are blaming her death on the new law that permits people to carry weapons inside national parks. But it is also illegal, or against park rules, not to install snow chains on your tires in winter. It was exactly this rule, in fact,  that the gunman violated and that Anderson was trying to enforce.

Call me crazy, but a guy who breaks the tire chain rule probably isn’t going to care two hoots about another rule barring weapons. Then there’s the other law, much older than either the weapons carry or tire chain rules, which prohibits the killing of another human being. This guy paid no attention to that one, either.

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  1. Anonymous

    Rambo roid rages on ranier!

  2. anon

    i’m very sad to read that the shooter was an iraq war veteran. so young too, only 24. can you imagine how awful the parents of the shooter feel? they sent their son to war. he survived. then he comes home and goes off the deep end. this is a tragedy all around.

  3. It show how the real issue is Obama better have some $ set aside for more tramatic brain injury research and overall mental health help for our valued vets returning to main stream life. Very sad but you can give here to help
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  4. Daniel

    The thing about returning vets and their inability to reenter society makes me want to question how social they were before enlisting. Kerry was sort of right on this issue. I know of kids who were going through their “knucklehead” stage and avoided a felony conviction by going off to war.

    • Tell that to WWII vets, Daniel – kids have been joining the army to escape trouble since at least then and, I’d guess, since Alexander’s time. Are you suggesting that that some recruits have troubled youths says something about all recruits. Surely you aren’t.

  5. Daniel

    Not lumping them all together. Just that some were not destined for greatness prior to joining and just because they served, they should be judged differently. My preference, and I believe you may disagree, all citizens should give two years of service to the country in some form. Would cut the cost of government in my opinion.

  6. peeps

    Kinda sorta realated – Over the weekend, Massachusetts State Trooper John Bergeron shot Cheryl Blair as she walked two of her golden retrievers. he thought their tails belonged to a deer and shot their owner. At least he stayed to help her and called 911.

  7. Anonymous

    His defense is apparently going to be Post Traumatic Stress Disorder—
    “PTSD,” as Erin Burnett so cooly put it on her show last night.

  8. InfoDiva

    What makes you think this Iraqi war vet was OK to begin with? It’s an unfortunate fact that an all-volunteer military attracts not only those great kids with a passion to serve their country, but also some kids who are mentally ill and lost, with no alternative path for their lives.

    An acquaintance’s son–bipolar, schizoid and scary–left rehab and found a friendly military recruiter who needed to make quota. The recruiter made the boy’s troubled mental health past disappear in the records. Granted, the kid didn’t last much past basic training, but he still spent close to nine months being taught how to fight and kill.

    Let’s hope he stays on his meds now that he’s among us again.

    • It’s an unfortunate fact that an all-volunteer military attracts not only those great kids with a passion to serve their country, but also some kids who are mentally ill and lost, with no alternative path for their lives.

      As opposed to a draft, which only selects those in the top 1% ?

  9. InfoDiva

    I lived through the draft in the 60s and 70s. The system wasn’t perfect, but there were so many young men to choose from. For example, I knew a guy who wanted to serve, but was classified 4-F because of a history of migraines.

  10. dogcatcher

    Erin Burnett is a hack and a phoney. Her show sucks!