A few days ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer signed a bill into law that makes the Colt Single Action Army revolver the state’s official firearm. This makes Arizona the second state in the country to have an “official” firearm. In March, Utah made the Browning semi-automatic pistol its official state firearm. Brownings are made in Utah.
There was quite a bit of debate in both states over the issues of an “official” state firearm. In Arizona, those opposed to the legislation said it was ill-timed, coming in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and nineteen others, six of whom were killed, in Tucson in January.
The Colt revolver was the favored weapon of cowboys, soldiers, lawmen, and outlaws as Anglo society pushed ever westward. A state representative who is a member of the Navajo Nation protested the proposed legislation, saying that it would honor a gun that killed many Indian people during the settlement of the Old West.
Okay, I’m a gun owner. Some would even call me a gun nut, depending on their politics. I have even owned a few Colts in my time, as well as a Browning pistol. They are fine weapons. But still, I just don’t get the point.
We’ve got illegal aliens swarming across the border, drug dealers taking over our small towns, record numbers of home foreclosures, hardworking people who cannot afford medical insurance, and a litany of other woes. Yet, the politicians in two states have time to waste naming an “official” gun. What’s the point?
What does it accomplish? What message does it send? Is it a bone to throw to the gun lobby? A statement that this is still the Wild West and we refuse to be sheep like so much of the nation? Or is it, as I suspect, just a waste of time? Somebody help me understand it, please.
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