- May 1, 2013
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The Wild West romantisized guns.
I wouldn't say that did. "Gunfighting", even in our Hollywood dramatized or Spaghetti Westerns is rarely even discussed or even considered. The romanticism around "The Wild West" is usually Fierce Independence, living on the edge of the law and lawlessness, as well as rough and tumble living.
There are the occasional films or books about what is essentially "trick firing" in the Old West (fastest gun in the west, yee-haw!), but that's not typically what is the romanticized part.
A lot of it is "defending your property" or "fighting the corrupt" or "surviving on the range". Not a lot of it is "Guns". And, what does exist that "romanticizes" guns in terms of The Wild West is really what boils down to "trick shooting", which is basically just duels and "who had the fastest gun".
Then again, I wasn't really talking about "guns" in particular. Just a time period in which fighting with guns was romanticized.
Off hand I can only think of the Japanese that romantisized fighting with guns, and only during the time when Nobunaga was around.
Beyond that, current romantisization of fighting with guns has come largely from modern action films and video games. But, even a series like John Wick has a LOT of melee fighting in it. And swords. And knives.
Even Star Wars romanticizes fighting with laser swords instead of plasma shotguns.