Saturday, October 14, 2006

Not Just From Criminals

Those of us who recognize the advantages of an armed citizenry often point to criminals who were stopped because a potential victim was able to turn the tables by having a weapon handy. They have other uses too.

A woman in Idaho was able to protect three children from a bear because she had a firearm handy. What would have happened if all she could do was call 911?

Oh and the state of Idaho has this to say:

An encounter as serious as this one is rare in Idaho, said Greg Johnson, a conservation officer with Idaho Fish and Game."We've not had a single incident in Idaho of a black bear attacking a person," he said.

They may be rare but I think they have now had at least a single incident.

The comments to the story are also worth skimming over.


Blogger The Oneonta Teletype said...

Concerning bears: Here in the Appalachians, bears are becoming commonplace again, after years of declines.

There's also a season, coinciding with deer season.

I always take a 12 ga. pump with #4 buckshot loads along whilst stalking the wild blueberry.

I have not need to use it, but it's very comforting to have the old smokepole handy.



8:03 AM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

Good for her! Wow! Scary!

12:35 PM  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon said...

There are three bears in our area that have lost their fear of humans and raid garbage cans. We're not allowed to kill them unless they attack. I don't hike through my forest unarmed anymore.

12:36 PM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Holy Crap!
That lady is not only fortunate, she's a total badass, too!!

9:58 PM  

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