Man arrested for murdering hiker on Appalachian Trail

This is why I wouldn't hike without a firearm.

A man who calls himself “Sovereign” was charged with attacking two Appalachian Trail hikers with a machete, killing one of them—just weeks after he pleaded guilty to threatening other trekkers and was set free, authorities said on Sunday.
James L. Jordan, 30, from West Yarmouth, Massachusetts, allegedly knifed an unidentified man and woman early Saturday morning in an isolated stretch of the 2,190-mile hiking trail that runs through Wythe County, Virginia. The man died and the woman was seriously wounded.

The Appalachian Trail Travel Guide site provides this explanation on carrying a gun:

I don't know how many camping trips I've taken over the past 25 years. In virtually every case someone in the camp had a firearm. It didn't "change the culture."

And if there's a maniac with a machete chasing campers through the park, I wouldn't care about "preserving" it. I'd care about preserving my life and the lives of my friends and family.

You're in the middle of nowhere and there is no help anywhere nearby. Advising people to go unprotected seems like really bad advice. But that's just me.

Always be sure to check the local laws for how to legally carry a firearm when camping or hiking.

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