Child shoots herself at Yellowstone after Congress legalizes guns at parks

By David Edwards
Sunday, September 8, 2013 10:08 EDT
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A young girl shot herself to death at Yellowstone Yellowstone National Park on Saturday morning.

According to a statement from the National Park Service, a woman called 911 on Saturday morning and told dispatchers that her daughter had shot herself with a handgun at the Grant Village Campground.

Emergency medical staff attempted resuscitation, but were unsuccessful and the girl later died.

The Park Service said that the girl’s identity would not be released until extended family members had been identified. Additional details were expected to be made available on Sunday afternoon.

An investigation was ongoing.

In 2009, Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) added an amendment to the Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act that allowed concealed weapons to be carried in national parks. President Barack Obama signed the Credit CARD Act into law in 2010.

[Photo credit: little girl at a camp at night with a red tent (Shutterstock)]

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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