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Old 08-21-2010, 08:26 PM
 
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By the time it fell out of favor it seemed to have become structured enough that it would have been impossible to disguise a murder as a duel. Both parties had to agree to take part, and they could back out at any time. Most of them didn't even end with a person getting killed. As I understand it at least a significant number ended with no one even harmed as both men could fire their guns into the air in the first round and end it there with their honor preserved simply by standing at the duel.
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:30 PM
 
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I don't know, maybe because the government had a problem with people being killed
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Old 08-21-2010, 08:41 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Dueling allowed the stronger and more skilled to browbeat and intimidate those weaker and less skilled. It wasn't fitting behavior for a democratic society.
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Old 08-21-2010, 09:04 PM
 
Location: bold new city of the south
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Dueling allowed the stronger and more skilled to browbeat and intimidate those weaker and less skilled. It wasn't fitting behavior for a democratic society.
Opinion or fact? It sounds good but . . . .
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Old 08-21-2010, 10:36 PM
 
Location: Parts Unknown, Northern California
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Why did society prefer that disputes be settled in courts of law rather than by the antagonists attempting to murder one another?


Perhaps for the same reason that we use police forces rather than vigilantes to cope with criminals?
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Old 08-21-2010, 11:17 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine
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Opinion or fact? It sounds good but . . . .

Fact. I've read several books on the history of dueling and have a couple around.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:34 AM
 
Location: Minnesota, USA
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Dueling allowed the stronger and more skilled to browbeat and intimidate those weaker and less skilled. It wasn't fitting behavior for a democratic society.
Actually, duelling was prohibited under the penalty of excommunication at the Council of Trent in the 16th c., before the formation of modern, democratic nation-states. It was outlawed because it is the wrongful taking of another's life, and therefore murder.
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Old 08-22-2010, 02:49 AM
 
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Dueling allowed the stronger and more skilled to browbeat and intimidate those weaker and less skilled. It wasn't fitting behavior for a democratic society.
However, it still happens regularly in present day, though power is used instead of powder.
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:03 AM
 
Location: then: U.S.A., now: Europe
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By the time it fell out of favor it seemed to have become structured enough that it would have been impossible to disguise a murder as a duel. Both parties had to agree to take part, and they could back out at any time. Most of them didn't even end with a person getting killed. As I understand it at least a significant number ended with no one even harmed as both men could fire their guns into the air in the first round and end it there with their honor preserved simply by standing at the duel.
I would imagine that a more civil society felt that the rule of law should apply to everyone, and that settling disputes privately in a manner that could be fatal was more than a little barbaric.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:56 AM
 
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However, it still happens regularly in present day, though power is used instead of powder.
You're right the automobile is a much more effective killing machine than a dueling pistol, 40,000+ people a year can attest to its effectiveness at killing people.
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