Pistols as dawn was a much faster way of settling property disputes-a lot less paperwork. Forget the title search, who needs a survey, never mind easement issues- we can solve all that at twenty paces! Personally, I think the modern way we handle disputes in this country is a lot better.
We’re evolving as a nation. We have an election system which allows a peaceful transfer of power, and we have channels for making laws and changing laws which don’t involve violence. What we can’t change is the past.
In our early history, many people did not have the land ownership rights we enjoy today- Native Americans, blacks, women. Land ownership in the United States was an exclusive right for a long time…. not any more. The wrongs of the past do not invalidate the good of today. We can learn from out past and better our future because of it.
Land ownership is open to any US citizen and enforceable with equal housing laws. Land ownership rights provide the landowner with distinct delineation of property on which to live, raise a family, keep a dog, or all of the above with stability of homestead and the financial investment in that land. It may not be the perfect system, but this is the United States, where the process has the opportunity to evolve, and do so peacefully.
Today I can disagree with you (and you can disagree with me) in words rather than gunpowder. Land ownership is not a sad concept- it’s a sign of equality and freedom.