In a recent interview, George Lucas has stated the following:
I said, ‘Yeah, he should be John Wayne.’ And when you’re John Wayne, you don’t shoot people [first] — you let them have the first shot.
John Wayne has been in a LARGE number of movies, I have a very hard time believing he has never shot first. Therefore my question is thus:
Has John Wayne ever shot someone first?
I'm not going to add any qualifiers except that it must be a shot at another being - warning shots do not count. I would prefer a Western Era film, but I'll take a War Movie as well. Punches DO count (I am not a John Wayne expert but I believe there was a scene in the movie McClintock(?) that pretty much fits this bill) as we are going to the (ahem) 'mythological reality' of the situation which has more to do with intent/character of the person then with the actual physical action being portrayed.
Not that I want there to be, but I am sure that somewhere out there evidence must exist that proves Lucas wrong.