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Friday, January 14, 2011

Wyatt Earp --Gun Control Advocate

In the aftermath of the killings in Tuscon let us remember a real American hero, Wyatt Earp. Yesterday, January 13th was the anniversary of his death I I do apologize for noting it late.

Wyatt Earp was a true hero of the post civil war west.  His older brothers had fought in the war and he sought out being a lawman as a way to live out some of the values they fought for.  Gun slinger image aside, there is one thing that Earp was consistent on.  He was always a gun control advocate.  In both Dodge and Tombstone he got passed by local government and enforced rules requiring people to park their guns when they came into town.  What he saw was that hard working cowboy getting drunk at the local saloon and guns didn't mix.  His famous shoot out at O.K.Corral was all about enforcing the local gun control law.

The ammo clips that Jared Loughner used in his killing spree had been previously outlawed under the automatic weapon controls that have expired.  Please, in honor of both Wyatt Earp and the victims of this senseless tragedy, let us pass into law the legislation proposed to outlaw them again.  If Wyatt Earp were still a law man in Arizona, we might have a fearless advocate for common sense gun control there.  Instead we will have to supply that voice.

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