Lessons from the Old West

I can’t imagine America becoming an old west town, with bandits and shootouts on the streets.  On the other hand, if a shootout starts, the people of Northfield, Minnisota from 1876 would be good to have around.

From Lesterdentmuses:


On September 7, 1876, three men rode into the bustling town of Northfield, Minnesota. Several townspeople thought they looked suspicious because their horses were of unusually high quality and they wore matching dusters (to cover their weapons).

These riders (who eventually grew to number eight men) were Jesse and Frank James, the Younger brothers (Cole, Jim and Bob), Charlie Pitts, Clell Miller and Bill Chadwell. They had come to rob the bank.

The towns folk had other ideas.

The whole story of how the town defeated these robbers, and how the James and Younger gang picked that town is spot on.  There are some great points about conceal carry vs. open carry.


Please read the whole thing, and stay for the lessons: Government can’t protect you.  Vigilance can’t be trumped by political correctness. Restricting gun ownership is the opposite of what is needed.  Open carry is not the way to go.  Conceal carry is.

Stay safe.


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3 Responses to Lessons from the Old West

  1. Accipe remedium, Tremule! says:

    Thanks for the recommendation. Great article.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Toastrider says:

    I remember reading about this on TVTropes, of all places. From Real Life examples of ‘Mugging the Monster’. Always, always make sure of your hunting grounds before you go hunting; Minnesota at the time was NOT near as sympathetic to Jesse James as his usual haunts in Kansas and Missouri.


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