MY REPLIES BELOW HAVE BEEN EDITED BECAUSE I THOUGHT OF OTHER THINGS TO SAY:
I disagree. Elvis, Red & Sonny and the rest of the guys carrying guns were no different than the security guards also carrying guns and you would be surprised at the number of people (guys, mainly) who were jealous of Elvis and wanted to kill him. No celebrity (no matter who they are) is exempt from death threats - and that's the way the cookie crumbles.
The above also could be said for normal folks like you and I. The fact is that this world isn't nowhere near as safe as it was over thirty years ago and being a celebrity makes it a thousand times worse, IMO.
Marty does get on my nerves sometimes but he's a straight-shooter that (most of the times) tells it like it is. Sonny and Red? No. Lamar? Well, I do think that Lamar was treated unfairly by Elvis in regards to teasing him about certain aspects of his life (weight and things of that nature).
(Why do I suddenly get the feeling that this is going to turn into another 'West-bashing' thread??