In February, the federal government lifted a long-standing concealed-weapon ban in national parks. Proposed by former president George W. Bush, ignored by Obama, and pushed through Congress attached to a credit-card-reform package, the repeal allows campers to enjoy nature how God intended it to be enjoyed: with firearms. Equally glorious was another measure backed by the Steven Seagal Movie Villain Lobby: as of last week, travelers are now permitted to bring guns onto Amtrak trains. Congress made that decision at the urging of the NRA and Mississippi senator Roger Wicker, who noted: "While airlines offer an option to transport a properly stored gun, rail passengers [did not have] the same opportunity."

On that note, have a healthy holiday season, and please be sure to travel safely. And most of all, enjoy Christmas, because it's only a matter of time until that shit gets banned, too.

Chris Faraone can be reached at cfaraone@phx.com.

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