I think the real problem around here was the location of the guns. Since there were quite a few at Barrancas and Redoubt on base, the Feds claimed ownership. While i can see how they came to that conclusion, it was still handled in a rather improper manner in my opinon. With the guns at Pickens, and I remember a lot more during my childhood than what we see on display now, the 'ownership' was questioned. The best thing to ever happen was the push for and getting the National Seashore. Just thinking what may have been lost in the 'scrap for war' drives is giving me a headache. I've got to stop pounding it against the wall. i understand that the park service (in many places) may not go against the PC dictates they do preserve items they may not care for. Heck, they even protect the rattlesnakes hanging around the forts. Now, they're called "gummit snakes" and you do not want to kill one of those. It can bite your kid and you'd still be subjected to a huge fine and possible prison time if you harmed that snake even in those circumstances.
Thank the Lord we still have JE Bowden. He's the last of a rare breed who really care about the history of our area.