Originally Posted by SummitAP
Gun fights and Hollywood? Nobody is claiming that... but almost all the settlers had guns for hunting as well as protection.
Common gun ownership in the West as a modern afflictions? That's some brand new revisionist history. I don't think I've ever seen anyone claim that before.
Oral history of Billy Crocker and George Vest Day:
"Western gunfighting over rated."
"No one wore a gun. Never saw a gunfight."
Question: "Didn't anyone carry a gun?"
"Guns were for hunting. Seldom saw a man with a six shooter. Man considered a coward if he wore a gun."
From the horses mouth. Ironically George Vest Day's father was involved in gunfights.
Fort Lewis College Library Oral History Collection.