Do you have any problem with Virgil not letting Behan finish his effort?
Do you find any problem with hurrying the process when patience could easily have prevented the shoot out that cost the Earps and everyone so much?
Why do you think Virgil was in such a hurry? What was his purpose in hurrying?
The judge, who was an Earp friend, and some witnesse's found that the Earps fired first. Why do you think they did that?
Why did Ike need to buy a new weapon for a fight as his own weapons were available at the Grand Saloon? How can buying guns or ammo have any significance? Is it not normal for ranchers to stock up on ammunition while in town considering the risks, Aapache and otherwise, on ranches outside town? If Ike needed a gun for a proposed fight, why a new one?
I don't think it says anything about their mindset. What does Ike failing to get a gun at the gun store and then not walking a little over a block to get his own guns say about his mindset?
The vigilantes willingness to help Virgil deal with the cowboys is, if true, an important story in my opinion but it's only sourced through Virgil, who needs backup stories for what he is about to do, with no other source.
I don't see the gathering on Fremont as any reason to assume anything as they were talking to Behan who, according to him had got them to agree to go to his office and disarm (mission accomplished) and Billy was allowed to keep his weapon as he was leaving town right away.
If that is true, and it seems likely to me, Behan was still at work on the problem and making some progress. I believe a wise man would have let Behan finish and stay out of it until Behan had failed or succeeded. Both Earps swore under oath they believed Behan had disarmed the cowboys (mission accompllished and yet they kept going to "make a fight" as Wyatt was quoted as saying.
What do you think was Virgils reason for hurrying down there?
I can only think of these reasons. He was eager for a fight or he was lacking in competent judgement or put his impatience ahead of the disastrous consequences that might and did follow.
Tom, I didn't overlook Wyatt or Virgil's testimony. My purpose was to question the commonly held position by many on this board that the Earps were OPENLY carrying thier revolvers in hand before and after... more
Sorry I missed your point about open carrying — Tom Gaumer,Mon May 01 18:41
(Q) Do you have any problem with Virgil not letting Behan finish his effort? Do you find any problem with hurrying the process when patience could easily have prevented the shoot out that cost the Earps... more