The nest, and final, State in the Cost of Gun Control series is the Cowboy State, Wyoming.
Wyoming is a beautiful State, a very large State with a relatively modest population. The Census count fo r1960 was just 338,086, and the White House estimate for 2016 was 585,501.
As a consequence, the the absolute crime numbers are low, but the rates per 100,000 are normal for the United States, but vary substantially from year to year as normal variations have an exaggerated effect.
For those who are not familiar with this series, The primary purposes of this series is to first, to raise the issue of the overall cost of gun control in lives lost, personal and property damage, extra security, prisons, and so on.
Before we get down to business, we do need to tack cae of a few items necessary for a full understanding of the data, and wher eit leads us.
Beginning with your ability to verify the numbers mentioned here. You can either consult the FBI Uniform Crime Reports, The convenient website linked here will do that job This convenient spreadsheet maintained by the Disaster Center.
Economically,Wyoming ranks 17th in the nation mean family income, with has a mean family income of $66661,000 a year. Products include coal, cattle, timber, and a surprising range of diversified products.
Demographically, Wyoming’s population is comprised of 97.1% low crime population groups, and 2.9 % higher crime rate population groups. This is in large part a consequence of the Cowboy State’s history as a “Progressive” stronghold.
Wyoming gun laws are a major factor in the State’s low crime numbers, with preemption of local laws, and Constittional Carry of both long guns and Handguns. While a Laramie resident would need a Wyoming CCW to carry in Boise, in general, Wyoming’s gun laws are conspicuous by their absence.
The fact that the overwhelming majority of Cowboy State residents are hunters or target shooters who are familiar with guns, and guns play a powerful roll in suppressing crime.
However, beng human, Wyoming’s criminals and criminally inclined ears perk up when gun control is mentioned. The red bars at on the chart below document the effects of the latest gun control drive, and the effects of prior campaigns in the war against guns will be covered in the text, below.
To illustrate the actual effect of gun control, in 1960, Wyoming’s Law Enforcement agencies reported 16 ,irders tp the FBI. Pf wocj 7 or 43.75% were firearm related. In 2016, Wyoming’s LEA’s reported 19 murders, of which 66 or 32.5 percent pf murders reported by Wyoming LEA’s were firearms related.
Of course, this, along with other States such as Vermont, stroingly suggests that the conclusion drawn from 19th century crime rates; that well armed populations not hampered by restrictive gun laws inherently have very low crime rates, is correct.
So, repeating the link where the FBI numbers this post is based cab be verified, let us go to Wyoming’s crime numbers beginning with the violent crime totals by year:
962: The entertainment industry, was faced wtih the possibility of being forced to resshoot or scrap programming “already in the can” and generating revenue from reruns Faced with a minimum cost of $50,000,000 for a reshoot, and financial disaster if they were forced to show those films overseas, the industry searched for a diversion. That year, Wyoming LEA’s reported only 156 violent crimes to the FBI.
President John F. Kennedy’s 1963 murder provided an exccuse for a gun ban campaign, which was funded on 30 November, 1963. That ear, Wyoming LEA’s reported a total of 213 violent crimes to the FBI.
1964, the first full year of Hollywood’s gun ban campaign, saw Cowboy State LEA’s reporte d a total of, 285 violent cirmes to the FBI.
1968: the fifth full year of Hollywood’s gun ban c. mpaign and a half hundred State and local laws to “Do what Congress will not” had ad driven Wyoming’s LEA reported violent cirme total tof 2/78 crimes to the FBI
Congress did act in 1968, imposing the Federal Gun Control Act of 1968, which put gun gun and ammunition purchaser registration into effect for the first time, and initiated other restrictions, including banning mail order firearms purchases. GCA’68 was in effect only a few days that year.
1969, the first full year of Federal gun control on pg top 288 State and local laws, Wyoming LEA’s reported a total of 288 violent crimes to the FBI.
1973. th fifth full year of Federal gun control,Wyoming ‘s LEA’s reported a total 763 violent crimes to the FBI.
To this point, the numbers demonstrate that Federal gun laws are very effective at driving up violent crime rates. Murder is one of the violent counts includied in that category, and between 1963 and 1973, the murder total went from 12 to 24.
Wyoming’s economy suffered greatly during the Carter years, resulting in a short term spike to 2.116 in 1961, when Wyoming’s wide opens spaces and low populations resulted an an unexpected multiplication of the cost of transportation. Of course, conditions soon became “normalized” until Handgun Control, Inc.’s and the Democrat’s Assault Weapns Ban campaign.
As you can see from the chart below, the violent crime total peaked aaat 1,4489 in 1992, at the height of Handgun Control, Inc’s and the Democrat5ic Party’s “Assault Weapons Ban” campaign.
Since Wyoming was one of the Sates where progress on relaxing or repealing restrictive gun laws was not taken until 209, te violent crime declined quite slowly, and began to rise again as criminal gangs began to infiltrate Madison and Milwaukee’s streets.
After Willie Clinton signed the Assault Weapons Ban into law, violent crime, whose largest component is aggravated assaults, declned slowllly until 2014, when the latest gun ban campaign started crime in the Cowboy State on the way back up.
All of that is clearly visible in the chart immediately below:
Please remember that the red columns are for years in which the latest gun control campaign has been working.
If you have been following this series on the cost of gun control, you can easily see that Wyoming ‘s relativelly relaxed gun laws kept the State’s violent crime rates from soaring into the stratosphere, as States with more restrictive laws crime rates did.
Before we continue, there is one more chart we need to examine, Wyoming’s murder rate:
Clearly,Wyooming’s violent crime rates have risen and fallen in lockstep with gun ban campaigns such as the entertainment industry’s and of course the Every Town Against Guns campaign.
The probability of that happening by chance aare extremely small, so much so that they are beyond human experience and essentially infinitely small. Or, if you prefer, the probability is 1 occurrence in 14.8*15.1^1106.
So far, we have established that all the major crime rates tracked by the FBI rise as gun laws become more restrictive, fall when they become less restrictive, and do so across all categorries of crime other than fraud and other forms of white collar crime.
With that, it is time to turn to the actual question, how mcuh has gun control cost Wyoming since 1963.
There are costs that I cannot estimate, the actual value of a given human life, the cost of loss of a parent, or many other things that are valuable but insubstantial.
I can peg the cost of an excess murder at the same price as a typical wrongful death settlement, $2,200,000. I can use official records or knowledgeable estimates for the cost of disability, medical care, and other related expenses, along with lost income, property damaged, lost, or destroyed, and other tangible costs.
Using State numbers, since 1963, the total cost to Wyoming residents for extra crime resulting from gun control adds up to a staggering $1,193,000,000 almost or approximately $58,000 per family, spread over 54 years.
At present, the annual cost of gun control too the people of Wyoming is $2,480,000,000, or $425 per Wyoming resident, or $1,270 fore every Wyoming family. On an individual basis, the current cost of gun control to a wyoming resident is $789 a year, or $2,250 per family per year, and increasing rather sharply as both the cost of incarceration and medical costs skyrocket.
Obviously, Wyoming has been and is being asked to pay far too heavy a price for rendering citizens helpless in the face of armed criminal predation. No state should be asked to pay such a horrendous price in treasure and grief.
It is time for Congress to preempt all State and Federal laws that exceed current Federal law’s provisions; and to add a reasonable personal penalty of at lest $100,000 a day for those who would attempt to enforce preempted laws or craft laws to evade preemption.