Cognitive Dissonance

"Democracy! Bah! When I hear that I reach for my feather boa!" - Allen Ginsberg

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thetpr asked: Is there a concern in your area?(or cheyenne) right now because of what happened in Aurora? Seems like there's more guns than people in wyoming

I’m honestly not sure. If by security, I don’t know, but I imagine police departments all over the country are on high alert for copycats.

If by concern you mean empathy and sympathy, yes. We’re shocked, saddened, horrified, and our heart goes out to our neighbors to the south.

Wyoming has an oddly unique gun culture that is a holdover from the days of Buffalo Bill Cody and Calamity Jane. Most people I know own guns (I don’t), and that includes people on the right and left. The Wyoming Democrats gave out stickers that said, “I’m a gun-totin’ Wyoming Democrat!” at the last Democratic convention. 

Any restriction on gun rights is seen as an intrusion on liberty, but conservative Wyomingites were quick to condemn those on their side who complained that restriction on shootings during fire bans were adverse to liberty. 

The incidences of gun-related violence in Wyoming are largely self-inflicted via suicide. Our murder rate is very low. 

But we’re not perfect. We have hunting accidents every year that could have been prevented by hunter safety training. We have one of the highest suicide rates in the nation, partially because the most common method is suicide by firearm — that’s a near 100% completion rate by method.

An armed society may be a polite one, but it’s almost a polite hostility. When a gun bill was being considered, the Wyoming Gun Owner’s Association members sent “We’re watching you” postcards to the more liberal legislators in what appeared to be a thinly-veiled threat.

We do have more guns than people. That’s becoming increasingly common. And concerning.

- Meg

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  1. thetpr said: Wow
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