3-Year-Old Shot, Dies in Yellowstone
Family says child shot herself with handgun
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2013 12:44 AM CDT
The girl was shot dead at a popular campsite in the park, officials say.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Tragedy in Yellowstone National Park: A 3-year-old girl has died in the park's first fatal shooting in more than 30 years, officials say. The girl's mother has told investigators that the child shot herself with a handgun at a campground in the Wyoming section of the park Saturday, Reuters reports. Park rangers were unable to resuscitate the girl, whose identity is being withheld at the Idaho family's request.

The campground has been cordoned off while rangers investigate. Park officials say the last shooting death recorded in the park was in 1978. "Given the 3 million visitors we see here every year, there thankfully are very few fatalities reported in the park," a park spokesman tells the AP, adding that the leading cause of death in Yellowstone is heart attacks. A law passed in 2010 allows visitors to carry guns into national parks, but hunting or even firing a gun is still illegal in Yellowstone.

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Sep 11, 2013 3:46 AM CDT
It is sad but arming kids is too important to fall to passing passion
Sep 9, 2013 9:27 PM CDT
Won't change anything for most people who already practice responsible firearms control. And to not carry a weapon in an area frequented by escaped felons, meth heads, weed farmers, and the likes is just crazy. National properties of all kind are felon havens and it has been that way since they were created. Duck Dynasty may be cute and harmless but those guys are otherwise operating stills, meth cookers, and weed farms. You see guys like that cooking spare ribs over a chain link fence on burning pallets of treated lumber. You see them set up on a trail in a national or state park and you just do your best to get past them and hope to set up your camp somewhere outside their tripwires.
Sep 9, 2013 7:25 PM CDT
Oops. Oh well. So much for putting a gun safety lock on that handgun. Kind of sounds like a family Darwin Award to me, like if the parents who owned the firearm & took it on the trip were that stupid kind of thing & their child got hold of it & BANG! DOA, then oh well...