Or, you know, you could just admit that while a handgun might be silly everytime one goes out the door, there is no good reason to restrict it while out hunting. A bear that may or may not have been scared off by firing warning shots (really, shooting into the air is the safe plan?), but the downside of a single dead animal on a hunting trip versus a possibly injured person is an acceptable outcome of a scenario. Or were you suggesting that the bear would be better off with rifle rounds blowing out chunks of fur and flesh than handgun rounds?
And yes, for many people who enjoy the outdoors, it is predecided that a charging bear that is a danger is going to get shot. I have zero problem with this, and neither does the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, it would seem.