BELLEVUE, WA – Data released by the Minneapolis, Minn. Star Tribune Friday showing that anti-gunners were wrong in their predictions about Wild West shootouts and blood in the streets is a vindication of every armed citizen in the state, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

According to the newspaper, people with gun permits are far less likely to be involved in a crime, whether it is a physical assault, a drug crime or even drunken driving. Authorities have confirmed that the hysterical predictions about gunfights at traffic stops and danger to children simply have not materialized.

“You will not hear an apology or any kind of acknowledgement from the anti-self-defense crowd about the statistics,” predicted CCRKBA Executive Director Joe Waldron. “No doubt they will try to blame the law for crimes committed by people carrying guns illegally. But the newspaper did a good job of sorting out fact from fiction, and it has found that only a miniscule number of licensed citizens have been involved in serious crimes, and a tiny fraction of armed citizens have had their permits revoked.

“We knew all along what Hennepin County Sheriff Rich Stanek told the newspaper,” he continued. “The worst predictions of gun control advocates who bitterly fought to keep this law off the books just haven’t come true. We’re delighted that the press, which did not support the law, has at least acknowledged the public’s right to know how the law is working.

“Minnesota is just one more state where people have been given the opportunity to pass a law and see how it really works,” Waldron observed. “The state’s legally-armed citizens have proven not only that they are overwhelmingly responsible with firearms, the data shows that providing the means for citizens to go armed is not a threat to public safety, and never has been.