4 year old Alaska girl shoots herself with gun that residents used for bear protection.

By |2019-08-01T13:25:34-08:00August 2nd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |8 Comments

Guns purchased for protection end up endangering those they were supposed to protect. 

Courtesy of ADN:

A 4-year-old girl visiting family at an Eagle River residence shot herself with a gun left loaded on the kitchen counter as bear protection, police say.

The girl was expected to survive her injuries, the Anchorage Police Department said.

Police said they responded to the 30900 block of Prudhoe Bay Ave. just after 10:15 a.m. Wednesday. The girl was taken to the hospital with a gunshot wound.

The girl doesn’t live at the house, police said. The loaded handgun had intentionally been left out “due to the area’s bear population.”

A man and four other children were in the home when the shooting occurred, police said. The questions of where the adult was at the time of the shooting and who owns the gun are still under investigation, according to police spokesman MJ Thim. No charges have been filed.

Bear sightings are common in the heavily wooded neighborhood, which overlooks the Eagle River less than two miles from the Eagle River Nature Center. Center operations manager Laura Kruger said sightings of black and brown bears are reported “every few days” in summer.

Owning a gun for protection against bears is a legitimate reason here in Alaska, but I am calling bullshit on the excuse by these homeowners anyway. 

It is one thing if you are headed out into the wilderness, but inside of your home it is incredibly unlikely that you are in danger of a bear attack. 

Yes, to be honest there have been instances of bears breaking into homes, but that is typically way out in the boonies in an area far from civilization.

Eagle River does not qualify as that, and even if it did there would be a one in a million chance a bear would attempt to enter your home. 

Besides even if you had bears jiggling your doorknobs twice a week, leaving a gun unattended where children could access it is still unforgivably stupid. 

These people need to be prosecuted for negligence and they should not be allowed to blame the bears for their stupidity. 

I think the bear should hire an attorney and sue these assholes for defamation of character. 

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  3. WV August 2, 2019 at 11:43 am

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    “The lawyers are telling the district and the adults to say nothing except that an investigation is taking place. Whatever anyone says beyond that, perhaps including this news story, will become potential elements in the civil and/or criminal investigations.”

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  4. puck August 2, 2019 at 7:04 pm

    the bears were there first. they are the ones who need protection.

  5. Open Minded August 3, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Another needless tragedy caused by paranoia.

    Bears breaking into homes isn’t just out in the boonies if you live in Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Canada, etc. Bears in Colorado break into homes and play the piano, raid the fridge, and pee everywhere. The videos are hilarious to watch, but for the homeowners, a big headache, and potential danger.

    It seems it’s mostly Alaska transplants who live in fear of bears, and conversely, brag about them. Most people in bear country–which includes many US states and all of Canada–take them in stride.

  6. Open Minded August 3, 2019 at 2:39 am

    I forgot to mention Connecticut, where there were over 20 instances of bears breaking into homes last year. No recorded instances of a child shooting themselves with a gun intended for bear defense, thank God.

    Also New Jersey, where bear prevalence has lowered property values in suburban areas.

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