A gun is a tool, Marian; no better or no worse than any other tool: an axe, a shovel or anything. A gun is as good or as bad as the man using it.
Westerns have never been my favorite genre, but damned if I don’t just turn into a sentimental fool when they feature a strong silent type sacrificing his own safety for some innocent homesteaders, a kid, and a dog. See also: Pale Rider, Logan.
It takes awhile to get really rolling, but Shane really makes up for it with an incredible finish. Recommended.