1881: Dana Loesch Blames Shootout at OK Corral on Strict Gun Control Laws in Tombstone
Gun rights activist Dana Loesch blamed today’s mass shooting in Tombstone, Ariz., on the strict gun control laws put in place by liberals like Special Policeman Wyatt Earp.
The shooting took place at 3 p.m. when Wyatt Earp, his brother Virgil (the town marshal), and Doc Holiday confronted five men exercising their Second Amendment rights in an alley behind the O.K. Corral. Accounts are unclear on who fired first, but within 30 seconds, three of the gun rights activists were shot dead. The chairman of the local National Rifle Association chapter, Ike Stanton, fled for his life with an associate.
“The fact that some of these men were accused of crimes is immaterial,” said Loesch. “Their real crime, in the eyes of the Earps and the Gun Control lobby, was that they believed in the Second Amendment.”
“This was a day of horror, heartbreak, and prayer for the people of Tombstone,” said Loesch. “Yet some of our progressive brethren couldn’t resist using the tragedy to make a case for risking still more lives by preventing families a means of self-protection via their Second Amendment rights.”
Loesch was referring to the fact that almost immediately after the shooting, gun control activists began clamoring for more regulation.
Tombstone already has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation. After a spate of murders in the town, the Earps recently pushed through Ordinance № 9. The notorious law forces all people entering Tombstone to obtain permits to carry guns within the city limits. Effectively, many citizens must leave their guns outside the town.
“Progressives believe that our Second Amendment rights are what perpetuated the horrific massacre in Tombstone,” said Loesch. “They even say that Americans shouldn’t be able to own ‘Gatlin guns,’ as they call them, or small cannons. But where have these mass tragedies occurred? Always in gun-free towns run by Nanny State lawmen like the Earps.”
In place of stricter gun control laws, Loesch suggested Tombstone should invest in better mental health policies.
“Clearly, Tombstone needs more gun control like Ulysses S. Grant needs another shot of bourbon,” she said. “As history will show, the West will not be won with a registered gun.”
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Originally published at foxyhistory.com on October 26, 2017.