Pardon Billy the Kid?

New Mexico governor Bill Richardson is considering issuing a pardon for Billy the Kid, the wild West gunslinger who killed as many as 21 men.  The descendants of Pat Garrett, the lawman who shot the outlaw in 1881, are opposing the idea.  See A pardon for the notorious Billy the Kid? – CNN.com.

Billy the Kid

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Joe

    seems like a pretty bad idea

  • Joe

    seems like a pretty bad idea

  • DonS

    Why, pray tell? It IS good to see that all of New Mexico’s current problems are well in hand, so that the governor has time to deal with this.

  • DonS

    Why, pray tell? It IS good to see that all of New Mexico’s current problems are well in hand, so that the governor has time to deal with this.

  • Heidi

    Why the bother of it one way or the other. If he is pardoned how will that help him since he is dead? How would pardoning him hurt the public since he is dead and cannot commit any more crimes against society?

  • Heidi

    Why the bother of it one way or the other. If he is pardoned how will that help him since he is dead? How would pardoning him hurt the public since he is dead and cannot commit any more crimes against society?

  • EGK

    Part of the issue is that he was promised a pardon if he would testify against someone else, and then the government reneged. So part of it is about government integrity.

  • EGK

    Part of the issue is that he was promised a pardon if he would testify against someone else, and then the government reneged. So part of it is about government integrity.

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    No big deal.
    By now, Billy the Kid is not a real person anymore, just a legend of old west lore. Pardon or not, who cares?

  • http://facebook.com/mesamike Mike Westfall

    No big deal.
    By now, Billy the Kid is not a real person anymore, just a legend of old west lore. Pardon or not, who cares?

  • Dan Kempin

    EGK, #4,

    Government integrity–good one!

  • Dan Kempin

    EGK, #4,

    Government integrity–good one!

  • Cincinnatus

    I don’t get it. Was that the punchline?

  • Cincinnatus

    I don’t get it. Was that the punchline?

  • Tom Hering

    Follow the money. From the CNN article: “Tourists, especially from Europe, are fascinated with Billy the Kid … New Mexico’s tourism website even has a travel guide to Billy the Kid territory.” Do I see a much-advertised pardon celebration in New Mexico’s future?

  • Tom Hering

    Follow the money. From the CNN article: “Tourists, especially from Europe, are fascinated with Billy the Kid … New Mexico’s tourism website even has a travel guide to Billy the Kid territory.” Do I see a much-advertised pardon celebration in New Mexico’s future?

  • Leif

    Apparently New Mexico never learned the same valuable lesson that I learned from the “Bobby idolizes Jesse James” Brady Bunch episode.

  • Leif

    Apparently New Mexico never learned the same valuable lesson that I learned from the “Bobby idolizes Jesse James” Brady Bunch episode.

  • Joe

    ReL tourism. Wouldn’t a pardon lower the stature of this outlaw gunslinger? I don’t want no stinkin’ sissified legal gunman. I want me an renegade.

  • Joe

    ReL tourism. Wouldn’t a pardon lower the stature of this outlaw gunslinger? I don’t want no stinkin’ sissified legal gunman. I want me an renegade.


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X