Concealed handgun saves man's life in National park

Remember the claims that there was no reason for people to carry handguns with them when they are in national parks?  From Arizona Central:

. . . A Tempe man who was attacked by a bear in his tent near Payson was in surgery Sunday afternoon at Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn with severe but not life-threatening injuries.
The unidentified 30-year-old man was sleeping at 5 a.m. when the black bear attacked him at Ponderosa Campground in the Tonto National Forest just off Arizona 260 about 12 miles northeast of Payson.
"He was bitten in the head and the left arm," said Jim Paxon, spokesman for the Arizona Game and Fish Department.
"The bear drug him around the tent, but he did not receive skull-crushing or neck-crushing injuries to his brain stem, so that's a marvelous thing."
As soon as the bear attacked, the man's fiancee, in the tent also, screamed and escaped from the tent with her small child.
The bear went to a nearby campsite, where a camper shot the animal several times with a 9mm handgun, and the bear disappeared. . . . .

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Blogger Brian P said...

National Forest is different than National Parks.

6/25/2012 4:18 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Sure one person is saved by a hand gun in a national park, but how many people have been killed by law abiding gun permit holders in national parks?

6/25/2012 6:24 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Dear Bill:
The answer regarding any crimes by permit holders so far in national parks is zero. Nor is this the only case of someone being protected as a result of having their permitted concealed handgun with them.

7/04/2012 8:12 PM  

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