5 thoughts on “Home of the Quick and the Dead

  1. Tom says:

    Interesting tag line, “If you ain’t quick, you gonna be dead!” but what does it mean? Run away quickly? Overwhelm to shooter quickly? (even though 1st in line will die?) Or does it mean everyone should be armed at all times, have trained monthly to shoot accurately in a simulated real life scenario and have developed the skill to shoot accurately at a real live person who is shooting at you without a moments hesitation? I thought not for that would mean we would be a nation of armed individuals with a hair trigger.

    • eideard says:

      I agree with your analysis and THAT would have been clearer had I initially posted with quote marks around the comment. Though I have been a gun owner for 63+ years and come from a family including world-class gunsmiths – the stupidity, ill-bred rationales common to NRA-style political gun nuts has never been part of our gene pool.

      • Pedant says:

        The quick and the dead (idiom) – Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_quick_and_the_dead_(idiom) “Secular usage: The phrase has become commonly used as a title for works of popular culture, in some cases to describe the act of gunfighting. (See The Quick and the Dead.) Modern authors use this phrase in secular contexts because of the modern English usage of the word quick – to mean fast or smart, rather than alive – either as the result of a misunderstanding or for the purposes of creating a double entendre (i.e., quick vs. dead in the context of gun battles, wherein speed is widely believed to be a prerequisite for winning, and thereby, by implication, staying alive). In a similar vein Isaac Asimov, in explaining the term “quicksilver”, jokingly suggested that modern readers probably think “the quick and the dead” is a reference to pedestrians in Los Angeles.”

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