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O.K. Corral gunfight not what it seemed ?

Posted on Tuesday, 24 May, 2011 | Comment icon 9 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit: James G. Howes

By Offeiriad, Staff News Writer

A new book claims that the famous gunfight at the O.K. Corral may not have been quite what it seemed.

An event that lasted no more than 30 seconds made an impression that lasted over 130 years. Most people accept the story as it is most often told: a simple case of Wyatt Earp attempting to enforce a ban on firearms within Tombstone. Often overlooked were the brushes with horse theft on the part of the Earps or that the McLaurys moved to Arizona from Iowa to take advantage of the abundant grazing land. There's good and bad on both sides and at least two new books seek to even the score a bit.

"Past Boothill Graveyard and around the bend where Arizona 80 becomes Fremont Street, a larger-than-life statue of a man rises from a low sandstone pedestal."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by DieChecker on 24 May, 2011, 17:32
I saw the movie with Kevin Costner and Bill Paxton, so I know the truth. History is written by the winners, right?
Comment icon #2 Posted by danielost on 24 May, 2011, 18:02
Since only one guy died in that idiotiac gunfight. i would say both sides won.
Comment icon #3 Posted by ohio state buckeyes on 24 May, 2011, 21:41
Interesting that they were trying to bans guns some 130 back.
Comment icon #4 Posted by AK-Mac on 25 May, 2011, 15:40
Ban them in the city, not ban them period. Big difference. You were encouraged and *allowed to own a gun back then. Today, that will soon be gone. Soon, only criminals will have guns. Awesome.
Comment icon #5 Posted by ohio state buckeyes on 25 May, 2011, 22:45
Guns will never be banned and its not due to the best efforts of the NRA to make gun owners paranoid what should be banned is assault weapons. They have nothing to due with self defense and every thing to do with making people feel powerful. The argument that there used against the government is just lame and is not how the constitution reads. The states have a militia and dont need gun loving right wingers playing army.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Taut on 26 May, 2011, 15:58
My Great grandfather used to tell me stories about Wyatt Earp and some of the better known folks of that time, cause he built roads in that area and saw them a lot. Not to disparage the dead but my Grandfather said that Wyatt was just a mean drunk. Saw him pistol whip an unarmed man in the street once, but never really wanted to know him personally, and my GGrandfather wasn't prone to embellishment like some of the old west story tellers. He had left the Tombstone area by the time of the OK Corral so didn't know anything about it. My great grandmother grew up with the Dalton brothers... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by 27vet on 30 July, 2011, 9:04
Fascinating, because from all that I have read about Wyatt Earp he seemed to be a no-nonsense lawman.
Comment icon #8 Posted by dharma warrior on 20 August, 2011, 16:14
Earp was a lawman, and a pimp, a gambler, a thief and whatever suited his needs at the time. Basically an opportunist. Not the rosy picture that Hollywood has painted for us. Looking forward to a true accounting of the Earp saga.
Comment icon #9 Posted by 27vet on 20 August, 2011, 17:45
What lawman wasn't? I guess it takes a thief to catch a thief.

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