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Old 03-28-2014, 4:52 AM
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"Eureka Springs Gunfight Showed Marksmanship of Armed Citizens

Recently, a video of a Eureka Springs, Arkansas City Council meeting showed them to be a little hostile to armed citizens. It was not always so. Because of that article, I became aware of one of the great examples of armed citizens stopping a criminal gang in the commission of a bank robbery.

I am talking about a famous attempted bank robbery that occurred 46 years later, in 1922, in Eureka Springs itself. The robbers attempted to rob the First National Bank at 40 Spring Street. Here is a contemporary account from the Wichita Eagle that was printed a couple of days after the event:

Five bandits robbed the bank the other day and thought things were going about as usual. But just as they headed for their car at the curb, in the customary manner, they suddenly realized that they had made a mistake. They were in Arkansas! No helpless crowd of hopeless citizens stood agape while the dashing bandits sailed right out of their ken like a meteor on a starry night. That's not the way they do it in Arkansas. Two pedestrians on the way to visit a sick friend saw what was going on and stepped inside the hank door in time to open the battle with a few well directed bullets toward the bandit's vital organs. A lawyer in an office overhead said to his earnest client, "excuse me a moment please," stepped to a front window and put a half dozen bullets where they would do the most good. A dentist asked his patient to keep open wide please just one moment, and rested his rifle on the window sill long enough to make sure that at least one of the bandits would fail to leave town that day. A school boy hustling home to lunch whipped out his automatic and joined the attack."

Now the merchants began issuing from the lunch counters and their kitchens. Each individual had his pistol spitting fire and steel as soon as he came within range. And not an innocent bystander was scratched. No wild shooting down at Eureka Springs. Needless to add, not one of the five bandits got away, and all the money, $70,000, was carried back into the bank . . . " Full article at
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Old 03-28-2014, 4:57 AM
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Old 03-28-2014, 5:04 AM
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Outstanding. Hope they all died.
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Old 03-28-2014, 6:31 AM
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i dont know. i didnt read the article but
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A school boy hustling home to lunch whipped out his automatic and joined the attack
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I also doubt the veracity of the article. Something is wrong with the timeline also. It mentions 46 years later and 1922. So is that 1968 or, how it's written, 1876?
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It is an excerpt that refers to another robbery earlier in the full article - perhaps that confused the timeline.
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Old 03-28-2014, 9:21 AM
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Everyone that lived in LA knows criminals are the worst shots. They don't practice.
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I also doubt the veracity of the article. Something is wrong with the timeline also. It mentions 46 years later and 1922. So is that 1968 or, how it's written, 1876?
YouTube was just a little startup back then...
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I wouldn't shoot to save some corporation's money. Bank accounts are insured, let the insurance pay up, and let the FBI chase the robbers.

Plus, you'd probably go to jail (and lose your RKBA forever), since your life wasn't in danger -- the bad guys are running away with money, you let them continue to run away. The further away they are, the safer you are. If they give you some reason to believe they are going to harm you or someone else, OK, that's a different situation.

The gunfight in the article is from a time long past, and a poor example for us, almost 100 years later.
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^^^^In 1922 there was no insurance. No fdic. Surprising coming from someone with that amount of posts.
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That is too cool.
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once upon a time, there were citizens that claimed ownership to their towns.
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Fast forward to 1997 Los Angeles.

Pathetic unarmed citizens.

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^^^^In 1922 there was no insurance. No fdic. Surprising coming from someone with that amount of posts.
Yep, it was also when the dollar was backed by gold, unlike today where the dollar is pretty worthless.
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Yep, it was also when the dollar was backed by gold, unlike today where the dollar is pretty worthless.

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Yep, it was also when the dollar was backed by gold, unlike today where the dollar is pretty worthless.
Feel free to send me all those worthless dollars you have lying around and I'll put them to good use.

What "automatic" was a kid carrying around in 1922?
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In the 20s and 30s the Feds actually issued firearms to banks for robbery protection. The banks were then free to hand receipt the firearms out to the local businesses as they saw best. There were several instances of running gun battles with bandits when the local merchants turned out with the bank issued firearms after the bandits robbed the bank.

the arms were usually previous generation issue arms such as the Colt .38 revolver, Krag rifles, Colt and S&W 1917 .45s and the like.

I have a lengthy article in an old gun magazine about this. The robberies were concentrated in the mid-west so that's where the firearms were sent. The banks weren't forced to issue the arms, some just put them in the vault and left them there. However many issued them to the tellers and they were expected to use them.

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I wouldn't shoot to save some corporation's money. Bank accounts are insured, let the insurance pay up, and let the FBI chase the robbers.

Plus, you'd probably go to jail (and lose your RKBA forever), since your life wasn't in danger -- the bad guys are running away with money, you let them continue to run away. The further away they are, the safer you are. If they give you some reason to believe they are going to harm you or someone else, OK, that's a different situation.

The gunfight in the article is from a time long past, and a poor example for us, almost 100 years later.
I don't think they were insured back then..

Fun story nonetheless..
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Feel free to send me all those worthless dollars you have lying around and I'll put them to good use.

What "automatic" was a kid carrying around in 1922?
1911?

writers often use the term "automatic" to refer to technically "semi-auto" weapons..
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