Crime: Battle of the Guns

A local citizen strode up to Judge "Three-Legged Willie" Williamson's table, pulled out a Bowie knife and said: "Your Honor, this is the law in this country." Said the judge, pulling out his six-shooter: "This is the constitution that overrides the law."

—A Texas tale by J. Frank Dobie

In the U.S., where Daniel Boone killed his "bar" and Annie got her gun, the right of the citizenry to "bear arms" is guaranteed by the Constitution. But all rights are limited, and the 1963 death of President Kennedy at the hands of an...

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