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Arizona Pushes For An Official State Gun

Arizona Pushes For An Official State Gun

Lawmakers in Arizona are moving to proclaim a state gun.

The state Senate Appropriations Committee voted 9 – 4 on February 23 to go ahead with the bill, the Associated Press reports.

Arizona To Honor Colt Single Action Army Revolver

Legislators want to honor the Wild West-era Colt single action Army revolver as the official state gun, because it was instrumental in “settling the Arizona territory.”

Could they have waited a little longer? Have they already forgotten about the Tucson shooting rampage that killed six people and critically injured Representative Gabrielle Giffords? Could they really be so tone deaf to all suffering?

Thoughtless And Cruel And Serves No Purpose

James King, writing in Phoenix New Times, certainly thinks so.This move “seems to defy all logic,” says King. An official state gun serves “literally no purpose.” It’s particularly “thoughtless” for Arizona’s “gun nuts” to rally behind this plan now, so soon after “one of the most tragic mass shootings in American history.”
“Arizona legislators want official state gun. This should help state’s image.”

The bill notes Arizona already has a state fossil (petrified wood); a state bird (the cactus wren); a state flower (the pure white waxy flower of the Saguaro cactus); a state tree (the Palo Verde); state neckwear (the Bola tie); a state gemstone (turquoise); state animals (the ringtail, the Arizona ridgenose rattlesnake, the Arizona trout and the Arizona tree frog); a state insect (the two-tailed swallowtail butterfly) and a state nickname (the Grand Canyon State).

So why not a gun too? Is that the way these legislators think?

Utah May Be The First State With An Official Gun

It turns out that Arizona is not the first state to want an official state gun. Utah’s legislature has passed a law honoring the Browning 1911 semiautomatic pistol, and if Utah’s governor signs it into law, it will be Utah, and not Arizona, that will have the first official state gun.

What are these states thinking?

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7:19PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thank you.

7:18PM PDT on Oct 17, 2012

Thinking?, thank you.

8:56PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

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8:52PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

Judith: in your comment, "Fun fact: Most of the weapons used by the drug gangs that are slaughtering Mexican citizens were purchased in Arizona and Texas." you forgot to add "from FBI agents trying to do a sting."


12:33PM PST on Mar 8, 2011

Fun fact: Most of the weapons used by the drug gangs that are slaughtering Mexican citizens were purchased in Arizona and Texas.

11:58AM PST on Mar 7, 2011

I hope the State of Arizona follows through on their threat to secede. Unless some sane Arizonians do something in great numbers, this state is doomed with all in it.

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11:37PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

It will have far reaching consequences which will be very dangerous and it should not be allowed

5:00PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

Harry, I agree w/some of what you're saying, just as I agree w/Morgan. However, when you said "...ask Mexico. The flood of guns currently used to kill people in broad daylight in public places almost exclusively flows south from Arizona and Texas. Mexico’s national government is facing a crisis from the breakdown of civil order fueled largely by American drug and firearms policy"

- No way! Most gun manufacturers are from outside the USA. PLENTY of guns go back & forth across the border, multiple times (used in multiple crimes before finding their way into evidence lock-up. MANY originate from south of the border. Google "homemade guns" & take a look at the kind of stuff that impoverished citizens in 3rd world countries are making, all by themselves.

We don't need more gun control. We need more gun education & from a much younger age. Like sex- people think ignoring the subject will make it go away. We tell kids not to do it, making the subject taboo. Kids want to do it, so they do. Guns have their own allure & a very important & valuable place in society. We just need to find better ways to keep them out of the hands of violent predators & into the hands of would-be victims. That's a tough thing to do.

In the end, extending CHL-holder's rights to carry anywhere, can be a good thing. This state gun thing prob isn't priority #1, but...

4:33PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

RE: “[U]nder these circumstances, cooperation between the two to work toward the solution of NATIONAL problems becomes more and more difficult. More understanding, acceptance, and compromise on both sides is going to be needed if this nation is to have a political future at all.”

Guns are a national problem. Just ask the resident of any state whose laws have sought to restrict access to weapons to bring down their gun-based crime rates only to see guns come across their borders from the next state over with lax laws.

Or cross the border into Canada. Find your car taken apart by Canadian border agents looking not for drugs but for weapons. Clearly Canada thinks we have a problem with guns.

Or ask Mexico. The flood of guns currently used to kill people in broad daylight in public places almost exclusively flows south from Arizona and Texas. Mexico’s national government is facing a crisis from the breakdown of civil order fueled largely by American drug and firearms policy.

Or just ask the rest of the world. America is the largest weapons exporter in the world. Our guns are daily used in places from Afghanistan to Somalia, often against American servicemen and women.

In short, this is not just about Americans and our supposed rights. It’s about our failure of responsibility. We cannot simply write this off as a failure to accept cultural values of other Americans. We Americans have a real problem with guns. Denial is inevitably a part of

4:22PM PST on Mar 6, 2011

RE: “This is a big part of what is wrong with American politics today. We are evolving into two separate groups, which often do not share a common language or a common set of cultural assumptions. Each look on the other with a certain amont (sic) of disdain."

I tend to agree with this analysis completely. Where it falls short, however, is its application to this particular issue.

The context of this proposed law is a recent bloody massacre which included a federal judge and a Congresswoman accomplished with guns purchased legally in a state with some of the laxest gun laws in the country. These gun laws already are fueling a bloody drug war just across the border in Mexico with guns purchased largely in Arizona and Texas. And the gun lobby and its bought-and-paid-for legislators now seek to make concealed guns on school and college campuses legal.

This is not just a different understanding or a difference in cultures and to attempt to explain it away as such is intellectually dishonest. The attitudes towards guns displayed in Arizona are little less than idolatrous. And the public policy flowing from that idolatry has proven socially irresponsible and destructive.

Many of us perfectly capable of showing respect for our neighbors without engaging in a relativism that would suggest that any public policy they wish to enact must be respected. That’s little more than an uncritical relativism.

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