Wednesday, July 24, 2013
"The ordinary young man appears to prefer a revolver to a watch"
The habit of carrying revolvers has become altogether too common. In fact, it has practically grown to be a custom. The ordinary young man appears to prefer a revolver to a watch; for while he dispenses with the latter, he can rarely be be found without the former. The alarming frequency of shooting scrapes is largely due to the habit of carrying firearms. Not one-half of the murderous quarrels that take place would arise were it not for the counterfeit courage which the conscious possession of a revolver inspires. Many youngsters who if without firearms, would not speak an angry word, or think for a moment of quarreling and fighting, boldly invite difficulty when armed; and many of the[m] do not hesitate to take advantage of the first opportunity to shoot their opponents.
[The Bourbon News, Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky: Friday, June 22, 1883. Vol. II. No. 138. Pg. 4]