Tucson. Aurora. Columbine. Newtown. The list of places — and lives — scarred by mass shootings continues to grow. There were at least seven mass shootings in 2012, the worst year on record in terms of casualties. In every incident, semi-automatic or assault weapons were used. 151 people died, and numerous lives were forever altered.
Shoot-outs were rarer in the Wild West than they are now. Even Dodge City, Tombstone and Deadwood had gun-control measures. Frontiersmen owned guns for hunting and protection, but when they entered towns, they were requested to hand them over to the sheriff in exchange for a receipt to reclaim them later. The result? Gun violence in the Wild West was far less prevalent than TV Westerns would have us believe.
Chapman wrote this on behalf of Roanoke Quaker Meeting, of which she is a member. She lives on Bent Mountain.