Twice a day on some weekends, actors dressed up as cowboys square off. With their boots click-clacking on the brick-laid streets of the Fort Worth Stockyards, they draw their pistols and open fire at each other.Shots ring out through the streets. The men clutch their chests and pretend to fall to their death as tourists cheer.
For decades, the attraction has been considered harmless fun that symbolizes a city that proudly declares itself as “Where the West Begins.” Yet, after the tragedy in Connecticut, that symbol of its wild roots is now under scrutiny.
“To me, it’s a little insensitive, in light of the Aurora and the Connecticut shootings,” said Dennis Merrell, referencing two mass shootings in recent months. “That family is not going to celebrate and, God forbid, if one of them was down here and saw this gun fight … It’s not really anything to make a show out of.”
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