Myth No. 7: Killings and other violent crimes were prevalent in the Old West because guns were so plentiful.
• In 1880, wide-open towns like Virginia City, Nev., Leadville, Colo., and Dallas had no homicides.
• By comparison, Cincinnati had 17 homicides that year.
• From 1870 to 1885, the five Kansas railheads of Abilene, Caldwell, Dodge City, Ellsworth and Wichita had a total of 45 homicides, or an average of three per year - a lower homicide rate than New York City, Baltimore and Boston.56
• Sixteen of the 45 homicides were committed by duly authorized peace officers, and only two towns " Ellsworth in 1873 and Dodge City in 1876 " ever had as many as five killings in any one year.57
But of course you do not. The Wild-Wild West was in fact a quite peaceful assemblage of frontiersmen who respected and upheld the law. If your town bore even a passing resemblance, Chief, you'd be out of a job.
Tune into The War on Guns for the full magilla.