+BadAndy Posted September 24, 2008 Share Posted September 24, 2008 If you haven't read the thread about the mass archivals of Appalachian Trail caches, read it before continuing. AT caches banned and archived. When I was a kid, I learned to shoot a gun and have enjoyed it ever since. All my life I've been a fan of shooting sports. As a young adult I saw my rights of gun ownership being slowly eroded away. It eventually got to the point of requiring permits on some and outright bans on others of my guns. These errosions were because of misguided or/and power hungry politicians and govt agencies. Armed with half truths and misinformation, they regulated my sport into a quagmire. Criminals were shooting people and the govt was either unable or unwilling to punish them so they did the next best thing, they went after the entire gun owning population even though the VAST majority were completely law abiding. The National Rifle Association rose up to become our voice to fight these incursions of our rights. Someone with a national voice to speak on our behalf and preserve our freedoms. The same thing is happening to geocaching. It may sound like a laughable comparison, but the truth is plain to see. Damage (real or perceived) is apparently being done by geocachers. They can't catch the bad guys so they're going after the larger group of geocachers as a whole. Requiring permits at first, then outright bans (sound familiar?). It isn't limited to the AT trail system either. It's running rampant, especially in the eastern states. More and more govt controlled lands are limiting and regulating and banning geocaching. State parks, National parks, county and even city govt agencies are jumping on the bandwagon. Some have taken severe measures and banned the use of GPS units altogether on their managed lands. At what point do we find our voice and defend our Alamo? And who will become our NRA? Quote Link to comment
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