Anyone who believes that the lack of gun control created “the Wild West” should be forced to watch Gangs of the New York. There’s your 19th century mega-violence. As unpopulartruth.com points out, “In the real Dodge City of history, there were five killings in 1878, the most homicidal year in the little town’s frontier history. In the most violent year in Deadwood, South Dakota, only four people were killed. In the worst year in Tombstone, home of the shoot-out at the OK Corral, only five people were killed. The only reason the OK Corral shoot-out even became famous was that town boosters deliberately overplayed the drama to attract new settlers. They cashed in on the tourist boom by inventing a myth.” A myth that gun grabbers use today to argue against armed self-defense. To wit this letter to the editor at chicagotribune.com . . .
Chicago and Illinois are making the mistake of a lifetime (or of many lives) in allowing ordinary citizens to carry concealed handguns. It is due to the total historical amnesia of our leaders that they are going backwards in trying to solve the city’s violence problem
The shoot-‘em-up towns of the Old West had that reputation because everyone carried a gun, there were no standards for how and when to use a gun, law enforcement was weak, and the jails were full — oddly similar to our situation.
Concealed carry will result in increased killings on the streets of Chicago. Will the concealed guns only be used in lawful situations? What exactly are those times? Will our road rages become more deadly? Does calling a man a liar or a snitch or a coward call for the name-caller’s killing? Will insults and disrespect give rise to gunfights? (Don’t say no. This is exactly what the gangs often kill for.)
The leaders in the Old West first barred guns from the saloons and then further barred guns from those entering the town for pick up on the way out. Law enforcement was strengthened and the laws regarding proper use of guns were clarified. The fewer guns, the better. Chicagoans do not need to carry guns. This will not end the shootings on our streets.
— Thomas H. Fegan, Chicago
Those who don’t learn from history are doomed to distort it for their own ends and, thus, repeat it.