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That is essentially true.

That is essentially true. When I was doing my Masters under Bob Athearn, I did a study of Dodge City between 1875 and 1886. I think there were a total of 11 shootings, on 3 of which were with handguns. If you were waiting for a shoot-out on the streets of Dodge, it would have been a long wait!
We have more shootings in Denver today, than we ever had in the Old West.
However, today, you can wander through the back country without fear of losing your scalp to hostile Indians, unlike days of yore.

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