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?