A Gun-Control Lesson From Tombstone, Ariz.

Friday, August 14, 2009

In the Aug. 8 Metro article "Lawsuit Seeks Right to Carry Concealed Weapons in the District," plaintiffs' attorney Alan Gura said that letting D.C. residents carry guns would create no problems. He was quoted as saying: "This will not turn into the O.K. Corral."

Ironically, the 1881 gunfight at the O.K. Corral was largely about gun control. At the time, it was against the law to carry a gun in Tombstone, Ariz. The shootout occurred when Police Chief Virgil Earp, with deputized brothers Wyatt and Morgan Earp and Doc Holliday, attempted to disarm local cowboys who were illegally carrying guns. In the resulting confrontation, three cowboys were killed, and Virgil and Morgan Earp were badly wounded.

Unfortunately, thanks to lobbying from the National Rifle Association and frightened Arizona politicians, it is now legal to carry guns in Tombstone. Mr. Gura wishes to extend this state of affairs to the nation's capital.

More than a century ago, Tombstone's city fathers rightly determined that guns should not be carried about town. Today's politicians and judges are not nearly as sensible.

ROBERT LOVE

Chevy Chase


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