Wyoming Sate Representative Hans Hunt told a pastor constituent she is welcome to “by all means, leave” the state. Reverend Audette Fulbright is upset about allowing concealed carry in schools. The Unitarian Universalist Church leader from Cheyenne feels she was treated “inappropriately” by the elected official.
The controversy between the Wyoming state representative and the reverend began over an email about allowing concealed guns in schools. The fuss between the religious and governmental leader has now gone viral.
“I wrote it myself. We don’t have any staff in Wyoming. We have to do everything ourselves. It was a long day, and I was going through the emails and landed on that, and so I felt I had to respond, so I just hammered that out in a short time, and I just sort of spoke what was coming from my heart in that moment.”
Hunt, a young lawmaker, was largely unknown outside of Wyoming before the email response went viral. He also noted that he has received many emails and this is the first one he had really responded to in such a blunt fashion. Like Reverend Fulbright, he is surprised at the all the attention the online missive has attracted.
During an interview with The Blaze, Reverend Fulbright stated she feels the controversy has been overblown. The Unitarian Universalist Church pastor had this to say about concealed carry permits in Wyoming:
“I’m not sure there is much more to me side of the story. I wrote to a state legislator, he responded to my sincere concerns with disdain and rudeness, refused to apologize, and now folks are following his lead and seeking me out to be even more unkind. Fortunately, many people have also apologized and been warm and welcoming.”
A group of online commenters reportedly converged upon Audette Fulbright’s website after the story gained nationwide attention. At least one of the posting under the reverend’s autobiographical essay uses strong languages and also firmly suggests she leave Wyoming.
The reverend opposed to concealed carry guns in schools also stated that she apparently has to live in Wyoming for a “certain amount of time” before she is entitled to an opinion, the Casper-Star Tribune reports.
Fulbright has not gone into great detail on the percentage of pro and con comments she has received. The woman opposed to allowing concealed carry permits urged folks to support a more civil discourse in politics.
Reverend Audette Fulbright’s email:
“Ample evidence has shown that schools and guns do not mix, and in particular, guns in the hands of amateurs/non-professionals is extremely dangerous, especially in any highly-charged situation,” Fulbright wrote. “To expose our children to greater risk in their schools by encouraging more guns on campuses is something that we cannot allow. I know of other new-to-Wyoming families in similar contemplation. Your choices matter. It would be sad to see an exodus of educated, childrearing age adults from Wyoming as a result of poor lawmaking.”
State Representative Hans Hunt email:
“I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave. We, who have been here a very long time (I am proudly 4th generation) are quite proud of our independent heritage.”
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