Half truths that are used to ram anti-gun legislation down our throat and an example of a politician that speaks the same rhetoric.
About .02 percent of the population of Wyoming committed suicide and of that number 77% used a firearm to do so, the Brady Campaign uses figures like this as their logical reason to impose the anti-gun agenda in the state of Wyoming, they take this number and wave it as their battle flag against firearms, keep reading to see what the numbers are….
“Wyoming is not even trying to recognize its own gun violence problem,” and “It’s a terrible shame.” said Doug Pennington of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, in a recent interview in the Sublette Examiner.(Pinedale WY)
Even more troubling, Rep. Dan Zwonitzer, R-Cheyenne is on the record for comments about legislation to ease concealed-carry regulations, he said he owns guns and enjoys shooting. However, he said Wyoming is among the top states in the country in terms of gun-related deaths by population and said the state doesn’t need legislation to encourage more people to carry guns.
Zwonitzer quoted the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which states in part that a “well-regulated militia” is necessary to the security of a free state. He said he wouldn’t have a problem with the bill if it specified that members of the Wyoming National Guard have a right to carry weapons.
Yes, he used the Brady logic and the “guns are for the militia” argument, for the record Zwonitzer broke away from his party and he voted against this bill at the final vote.
Whoops, looks like Rep. Dan Zwonitzer swallowed some Brady Kool-Aid.
While it may be true that suicide by firearm may be high in Wyoming, firearms are not the cause, what the “Brady Bozos” fail to point out is, Wyoming is a state with one of the highest gun ownership rates in the U.S. and one of the lowest murder rates, in 2007 Wyoming had 16 Murders.
The truth is, Wyoming is living proof that “An Armed Society is a Polite Society”.
To compare Wyoming with an area with similar population numbers and the toughest gun laws in the U.S., Washington D.C. has a very low Suicide rate, but wait, in 2007 they had 181 murders and 8,320 violent-crimes, that’s 175 more murders and 7069 more Violent-crimes than in Wyoming.
The truth about D.C., it’s a total embarrassment to the Brady Campaign, so much so they don’t even track the numbers on it, D.C. already has everything that the Brady crowd desires, and the crime rate is off the charts!
In 2007, Wyoming had a population of around 522,830, of that number there were 16 persons that were murdered, 7 of those were committed with a firearm and 82 persons took their own life using a firearm.
Interestingly, in the same year in Vermont, a state that already has the least restrictive gun laws and a permit isn’t required to conceal-carry, reported a total of 12 murders, 9 of which were with a firearm.
The Brady Campaign would have us disarm a large portion of the 99.98% for the benefit of the .02%, does this make any sense? only to the criminals.
The Brady Campaign cares no more about the high suicide rate in Wyoming than in the rest of rural America, they just use the numbers to push their agenda.
Obviously, the Brady Campaign and some of our politicians, need math lessons. WyGO’s only purpose here, is to expose the lies, half-truths, and the politicians that build upon them.
We believe, it’s idiotic for the Brady Campaign and our Elected Officials to impose their anti-gun agenda in our state, and our message is simple, Wyoming citizens enjoy hunting, shooting, buying and collecting firearms, but mostly we appreciate our right to bear arms and protect ourselves as stated in the Wyoming State Constitution, Article 1 Section 24 The right of the citizens to bear arms in the defense of themselves and the state shall not be denied.