Poor Opie...Pa had to teach him a lesson.
Opie thought he was doing good...stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.
But noooooo...Pa told him stealing was wrong no matter what. You should never steal even if it is to give to those less fortunate than you.
"But Pa," the boy reasoned, "what about those who can't help themselves?"
He continued to explain to the young impressionable boy, "we already have ways to help those who can't help themselves," the kind Sheriff explained.
It's called TAXES!
This show originally aired in 1963. Some things never change!