The Wild West Was Not Some Lawless Shithole

Everyone has learned about the Wild West, and seem movies about the lawlessness and the open frontier. It was billed with gun fights, and bank robberies, and murder everywhere you went. Well, not so much. Between 1859 and 1900, there were an estimated 12 bank robberies in the entirety of the so-called “Wild West.” And the grand total of gun-related murders in frontier towns came to about 1.5 per year. Yes. YEAR The infamous 1881 shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, in which the Earp brothers exchanged gunfire with the Clanton-McLaury gang, had a body count of exactly three.