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Chris Lampe
Re: Lucas, all due respect but I
Mon Jan 23, 2012 08:59
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I have to say that there is no way I would call Pat Garrett a coward. Going out and hunting outlaws who are known killers is not something a coward would do. I think the key to staying alive as a lawman in the old West was to outmaneuver your opponent and come on them with the odds on your side. Garrett did this and openly admits in his book that the only way he and the Kid would meet in a fair fight would be by accident. There is nothing cowardly about keeping the odds on your side. Even Wyatt Earp functioned with back-up. To do otherwise seems to invite an early death.

  • Lucas, all due respect but Imizscarlett43, Sat Jan 21 05:32
    think to characterize Bell and especially Olinger as "cops" in the modern sense is entirely inaccurate. Back then they'd stick a badge on just about anyone who could handle a gun and was willing to... more
    • Re: Lucas, all due respect but I — Chris Lampe, Mon Jan 23 08:59
      • I think the point Jacobsen was makingmizscarlett43, Mon Jan 23 09:33
        was that Garrett shot from ambush whenever possible--Stinking Springs being the perfect example. ********* But see here, Chris Lampe: I don't think we're ever going to agree about much of anything re ... more
        • Re: I think the point Jacobsen was makingChris Lampe, Tue Jan 24 11:08
          "was that Garrett shot from ambush whenever possible--Stinking Springs being the perfect example" Bonney, Middleton, Waite, French, McNab & Brown killd Brady and Hindman from ambush. Bonney took Bell ... more
          • Re: I think the point Jacobsen was makingLucas Speer, Tue Jan 24 15:40
            I agree with you 100 percent! Billy killed Brady and Hindman from a concealed hiding place. If Garrett was a coward then we certainly would have to place Billy in the same category by these... more
            • Warjim lynch, Tue Jan 24 15:57
              I think one point you and Chris are mising is that there was a war going on in Lincoln County. You certainly don't warn the Taliban when you about to off them.No such thing was happening in Ft Sumner.
              • Good point, Jim. It was called the mizscarlett43, Tue Jan 24 16:39
                Lincoln County War , after all; whereas what happened in Stinking Springs and later in Ft. Sumner was assassination, IMO anyway. YMMV, of course.
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