It's true we don't often get hurricanes here in blighty, the last one was in 1987. It killed a number of yachtsmen in the fastnet race.
We do get challengingly quickly changing weather here though, and so skills do come into play when going high (well, above 2000 ft ;-)
I got caught by a big storm camping high in Andalucia a couple of years ago. I was glad I had a relatively heavy sierra designs lightyear over my head rather than a tarp. No bears left in Spain though, those guys have blasted everything bigger than a sparrow ino oblivion.
For the record, I'm a good shot, and can drop a rabbit from 50 paces with my air rifle. I'm not sure how I'd get on with a fast moving bear though. Especially if it was moving fast towards me!
There do seem to be a lot of gun accidents in the US though, witness the other thread about a 14 year old shooting a hiker he'd mistaken for a bear. I'm more worried by the unpredictable actions of other people than I am of animals.