06/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

P.J. O'Rourke: Gun Control Futile

Scary thought: Next time you're in a traffic jam in Yosemite, don't honk your horn at that knucklehead blocking the road while taking a picture of El Capitan. If the GOP has its way, soon "point-and-shoot" will take on whole new meaning.

As part of a credit card reform bill, the House of Representatives passed an amendment that would allow concealed weapons in our national parks. Why the urgent need to arm ourselves when walking in the footsteps of John Muir?

The answer can be found in a talk by P.J. O'Rourke at the National Press Club -- the one located in Canberra, Australia. The political satirist cites estimates of 100-200 million handguns in the United States and concludes that gun control is futile: "You simply can't change the nature of America as far as gun control goes. It's the way we were settled. It's who settled us. It's the nature of the beast."

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