The Jimmy Stewart character was a lawyer, said to be the kind of man the West would need to tame a troubled land. But, the song says:
“When the final showdown came at last, a lawbook was no good.”
As with all analogies, this one will break down under close scrutiny, but it does seem a bit odd that Jimmy Steward is lionized (by the public in the movie and the movie-going public) for going out of character and accepting a gun from a fellow townsman, then using it, while in the case of the Deportation, men are indicted for their actions in the “final showdown.”
What is your take on this?