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Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Shooting-irons in the Capitol

In one of the less likely scenes in Mr Smith Goes To Washington, the Claude Rains character, filled with remorse by James Stewart's tear-jerking, dashes out of the Senate chamber and reappears shortly afterwards brandishing a side-arm (revolver, from memory), apparently for the purpose of suicide.

I've wondered whether gun-play on the Senate floor had occured in real life. According to an AP piece,
in 1850, Mississippi Sen. Henry Foote pulled a pistol out in self-defense during a dispute with Missouri Sen. Thomas Hart Benton over slavery.

I suspect there will have been other instances, but that will do to be getting on with.

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