Originally Posted by lurking4years
My other issue is simply questioning whether someone should put themselves in a position where they need to kill an animal that is relatively rare and living its life. I know that can be impossible to avoid for someone who wants to enjoy the outdoors.
Mtn lions aren't the rarest thing in the world. Bears aren't either. They have seasons on both in lots of states.
For that matter, there are mtn lions in the east -- the main resistance to recognizing them is the huge regulatory clusterfrig that would ensure becuase of what "environmentalists" have created in terms of regulatory "protection."
But, again, that doesn't mean you need a handgun while skiing.
I do have to say, in response to some of the safety concerns, that a handgun, properly carried, would be less dangerous to someone in the bc than ice axes, crampons, and several other things that often get carried. Probably safer than stoves, given some of the stove misadventures I've seen.
But, a handgun is also a tool of very specific and limited utility. Maybe if you were skijoring an area that had seen a lot of coyotes attacking dogs, or somethin, except I've never heard of that happening in that context, either. (Coyotes attacking dogs on leash in front of their owners, yes, but in the summer...) It again just doesn't make sense based on the wildlife interactions I can think of.