Unlike Rest of Country, Wyoming’s Crime Rate Hasn’t Soared; Credit Gun Culture, Says Wyo Top Cop

Unlike Rest of Country, Wyoming's Crime Rate Hasn't Soared; Credit Gun Culture, Says Wyo Top Cop
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By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily

Statistics released by the FBI earlier this week showed that murders spiked across the country in 2020, and Wyoming followed suit — to a degree.

However, the state’s total of 17 murders in all of 2020 are fewer than the number of murders that occur in one weekend in some large cities.

This was an increase of 21.4% from the 14 murders seen in 2019.

Byron Oedekoven, executive director of the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police, believes that Wyoming has so few murders because of the population’s overall friendly disposition coupled with a love of guns.

“It’s not as contentious or lawless here as a number of states that have murder rates going up,” he told Cowboy State Daily on Friday. “Plus, the odds of starting something somebody else might finish are pretty good.”

Oedekoven noted that Wyoming also…

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