The Wild West was never as wild as many communities in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Boston, (and on and on) are.
Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence
[I haven't looked up the actual numbers but I suspect his statement is true as long as you don't regard the Hollywood Western as the definition of "Wild West". In which case we have a good comeback for those anti-gun people who claim we don't need guns anymore because "the Wild West doesn't exist anymore."
I finished this book recently and need to review/fisk it. I believe Canada has some excellent insights, is a good person, is making a positive difference in the lives of countless people, and came to his anti-gun views honestly. But I think his conclusions about guns are incorrect and misguided.—Joe]