Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:22 PM
MindMover (5,007 posts)
WORSE THAN THE WILD WEST
Most of us spent our youths fantasizing about the wild west which was a constant theme on the "silver screen," radio and early TV. Much of it was overblown. There was a subculture, especially after the Civil War, centered around crime and banditry and gunslinging, but it was always a minority in the population. Women and children and the sanctity of the home were generally respected. In fact, my grandparents who homesteaded in North Dakota shortly after the turn of the century never locked their doors, and neither did my parents until about the nineteen fifties or sixties. Society was changing even then and not for the best.
Even the gunslingers who dueled with each other were generally a problem only in isolated areas like mining towns and Dodge City and they tended to wipe each other out and disappear as soon as the civilizing process through the introduction of women folk, education and churches began taking effect. I'm pretty sure that most areas of Deadwood and Tombstone were a lot safer for the average child and adult than some areas of Chicago and new York are today, with so many irresponsible individuals owning or stealing guns and spraying bullets with abandon.
Our ancestors sought for the calming effects of civilization and consciously set out to find and apply them. They wanted safe neighborhoods where wearing guns would become obsolete. Tombstone even had a statute against citizens wearing guns in town, and enforcing that law against some lawless elements was one factor that led to the famous shootout at the O K Corral. That "wild west" attitude is quite a contrast with the current attitude exhibited by Wayne LaPierre.
He actually said, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun."
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Tue Jan 22, 2013, 08:32 PM
Warpy (93,395 posts)
1. Guns were also a more expensive commodity back then
and the gun that most people had was a long gun that was better for shooting protein and defending the homestead against raiders of all sorts of descriptions.
There were fewer morons running around with pistols. They were too expensive for most folks to have, even in the rough and rowdy mining towns.