East Coast Man Thinks People do not notice when he changes History

August 27, 2009 by  
Filed under Trail Boss News

An East Coast liberal  felt compelled to revise the history of the state of Arizona.  According to his letter to the editor in the Washington Post, The gunfight at OK Corral was “largely about gun control. The gunfight at O.K. Corral was about control but had nothing to do with gun control.

The Gunfight at the O.K. Corral was a gunfight that occurred at about 3 o’clock in the afternoon on Wednesday, the 26th of October, 1881, in Tombstone, Arizona Territory United States. The famous gunfight did not actually occur at the O.K. Corral. It occurred in a 15-20 foot space between Fly’s Lodging House and photographic studio, and the MacDonald assay house west of it. The end of the gunfight took place in Fremont Street.  Some of the fighting was in Fremont Street in front of the vacant lot. About 30 shots were fired in 30 seconds. Although only three men were killed during the gunfight, it is generally regarded as the most famous gunfight in the history of the Old West, even though many other gunfights of the period resulted in more people killed

The gunfight at the O.K. Corral has been portrayed in numerous Western films. It has come to symbolize the struggle between law-and-order and open-banditry and Rustling in frontier towns of the Old West where law enforcement was often weak or simply nonexistent. In other views, the fight was a more complex embodiment of some of the tensions of the American Civil War of a generation before.

One group of fighters represented rural Democrats from Texas who were involved in the cattle-trade in a remote area of Arizona territory which had been desert just a few years before. The other faction (the Earps) had come from the East with the frontier, and represented the very different city-interests of Yankee Republican capitalists and businessmen who were attempting to manage a silver-mining boom-town with Eastern expectations of behavior. The gunfight occurred on the physical border of these two cultures.

It was all about who would control the territory. Tombstone was not unusual in forbidding persons to carry guns in the town or city limits. Most did not allow it.  Why because when the working folk came  in,  they came for one reason to drink, gamble and raise hell.  Because of this for their own safety the cowboys miners and others had no problem turning in their guns.  It was no different than a person legally armed today. unloading and putting theirs away if they intend to have a few drinks. However these workers were mostly transit, they had no safe place to put them so they were stored at the local law enforcement facility.  It was common sense to even those that carried.   You also have to remember that most murders and criminals were just like the ones we have  today. They did everything by sneak attack. They were as gutless then as now. They would never face you head on.

If you think the law men during that time we the righteous heros potrayed in the movies. Sorry to burst your bubble they were not.  A good deal came from and went back to ilegal occupations or continued in them while pretending to be law men.  The Earps were no exception they were, not as bad as some and much better than others but certinaly not saints.



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