OPINION: Protecting Gun Rights Does Not Make Our Communities Less Safe

OPINION: Protecting Gun Rights Does Not Make Our Communities Less Safe

This opinion piece was written and submitted by Mark A. Klaassen, United States Attorney for the District of Wyoming . OPINION ARTICLES ARE SUBMITTED TO SWEETWATERNOW.COM BY THIRD PARTIES AND DO NOT REFLECT THE OPINION OF SWEETWATERNOW OR ITS MANAGEMENT. SUBMIT YOUR OPINION FOR POSSIBLE PUBLICATION THROUGH THE SUBMIT BUTTON. Nowhere are you likely to find more enthusiastic and conscientious gun owners than here in Wyoming. Whether used for hunting, for sport, or self-defense, firearms are an important part of our heritage. We take the exercise of our Second Amendment rights seriously, and are equally devoted to responsible gun ownership. The fundamental right to keep and bear arms is often under attack by those who insist that the prevalence and availability of guns contributes to higher incidence of violent crime, particularly homicides by firearm. They cite crime rates from other countries with strict gun control laws as evidence. But correlation does not necessarily imply causation, as our experience here in the Cowboy State clearly demonstrates. Most recent crime data shows a violent crime rate in Wyoming of just 2.1 incidents per 1,000, ranking eighth among all states and significantly lower than the national violent crime rate of 3.7. Even fewer of these violent crimes involve the use of firearms. The relative calm and safety of our communities is part of why so many of us enjoy calling this place our home and raising our families here. Interestingly, we achieve this sustained low crime rate while having one of the […]

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