This book brought home to me, a Tutor to teenage young men, just how valuable to mankind is a good secure homelife with opportunities for learning, adventure and wise guidance. A sizeable minority of my students' stories begin much like those of the destructive subjects of this book. Nowadays, with pecuniary social support, a rebel youngster can be 'on the run' from society for as long as some these western gunfighters' were on the run from the law; which was frequently as long as their short lives.
My mind also dwells on the cold courage of those western lawmen who faced down their quarry at close quarters, took the guns from these undisciplined, wild, mistrustful young men while exposing themselves to great danger; and in some cases preserved the lives of these reckless killers after first shooting them into a state of submission. Was this a form of compassion reminiscient of Winston Churchill, or evidence that their acknowledged responsibility was to 'save a worthwhile life for society' more than it was to eradicate everyone who might represent lethal danger?