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Blindsided by Jonathan Gifford

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The Gunfight at the OK Corral

When anarchy breaks out on peaceful streets — when residents cower in upstairs bedrooms while gangs smash down their front doors and ransack their houses, or when diners are menaced and terrorised in restaurants and thugs steal phones and wallets and pull the wedding rings from women’s fingers — it is easy to think that society is collapsing and that we have gone back to a kind of Wild West. Back to the wild frontier towns of America where the rule of law was slowly and painfully established by heroic town marshals and their deputies, facing down gangs of rowdy cowboys and, from time to time, being drawn inevitably into a ‘showdown’ — the classic Western confrontation between the forces of law and order and the forces ...

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