George Coulbourn is an NRA member too but works as a volunteer backcountry ranger at Mount Rainier National Park. He sees no benefit to allowing people to carry loaded weapons in the park. Kris Paynter is the mother of two young girls and the wife of a police detective. She said allowing guns at Mount Rainier would ruin the sense of sanctuary the park now offers.
Yeah, that’s a rational reason for forcing me to run the risk of ending up like this woman. I mean, heaven forbid we ruin anyone’s sense of sanctuary.
“If you’re not comfortable visiting the park because of animals, you don’t belong there,” Coulbourn said. “I have seen countless bears in the backcountry of Mount Rainier. But every single one of them has ignored me or run away.”
He added that the handgun a park visitor would likely carry into the park would not have enough stopping power to bring down a bear or cougar.
So basically he’s saying I have to risk being lunch if I want to visit the park? What he says about stopping power is definitely true, but I’d take my .44 Magnum over my bare fists, or swiss army knife. I wonder how long it took the News Tribune to track down all these gun owners who are opposed to removing the restrictions in National Parks.