Arizona Legislators Want Official State Gun. This Should Help State's Image

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Only in Arizona (and maybe Utah)...

More than 40 Arizona state legislators have signed on to a bill that would make the Colt single-action Army revolver the official state firearm.

Like many actions taken by the Legislators this legislative session, the move seems to defy all logic.

In case you forgot, there was a (ahem) little shooting incident that happened in Tucson last month that left six people dead and several others, including Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, wounded. The incident sparked cries from the sane that perhaps Arizona's gun laws are a bit too lax, and the state's gun culture should be abandoned.

We poked around a bit, and learned that no other state in the country has an official state gun. In fact, Utah is the only other state to consider such a useless piece of legislation, and recently proposed a similar bill that is currently working its way through its Legislature.

So, with no other state in the country having an official state gun, and Arizona recently suffering through one of the most tragic mass shootings in American history, perhaps -- for image sake -- the gun nuts in the Arizona state Legislature could have held off on proposing such a thoughtless piece of legislation that serves literally no purpose.

The bill will be heard in the Senate Appropriations Committee today. It's sponsored by all the usual suspects -- Russell Pearce, Judy Burgess, and the rest of the crazies in the Legislature that seem to be hell-bent on making living in Arizona the punchline to a joke. See all their names here.

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Garrison238
Garrison238

Hell ya! AZ cant get anymore badass, liberals leave, stop being pussys.

Bill
Bill

Gun laws wont stop a crazy guy from shooting people. I just moved hear from Washington State, I lived in Mesa, Apache Junction and Prescott back in the day. Up there a crazy guy came in and shot 4 police officers in broad daylight at a Lakewood, WA coffee shop. He got a gun and he was a convicted felon. It is safer to have people open carrying. In Seattle people get robbed all the time because they have no way to defend themselves.

Tomografr
Tomografr

Excellent idea, Arizona has always been concidered wide open and free.Yet now there's new people with great ideas coming here and changing our state to make it more like where they left. Go back to your crime-ridden state now that's an idea. At least I have a choice not one made for me. Like New York and it's Mayor Blumberg, he'll probably hit the assailant with his wife but that would require guts. Everything is illegal in NYC and it's still in the top 10 murder rate. They probably don't know it's illegal, thank god you can't get a "Gun Permit", makes me feel safer already.

I'm sorry, I'm just not an up to date person. I don't believe in Man-boy, or gay marriage and 90% of the other rhetoric professed by the extreme liberal faction. This symbolic move is merely stating," Let's Stop Here". Remember "Time for a change", that didn't happen, nor will it, how much is gas? I don't hear all the bitching, as when it happened to Bush. You want a change, you got it and I love it. Now you’ll have 51 states also.

We should become part of Montana, not California. Who's their Governor? Doesn't matter, who's our President and where are they from? America is a spirit, you're born into, never acquired. I can't blame anyone for wanting to live here, just don't change it.

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

Why the Colt? At least Utah's claim has(some) merit, as John Browning was from Utah. I just did a quick search on the Wikipedia page for Samuel Colt, and Arizona doesn't appear on there at all. For what it's worth, I think the Utah plan is stupid also, but like I said, at least that one has a reason, however weird it may be. Seems to me like Az just wants to jump on the bandwagon here.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

After this passes, can we have a bill that names Jan Brewer as the Official State Idiot?

JBJ
JBJ

looks like all the gun haters are gonna be whining again. Why dont you all just shut up and color. Guns ain't going anywhere anytime soon. Instead of telling everybody we should not have them and that they are evil, and try and hide from them - why not try to learn more respect and experience for/with them. If everyone had a common respect, then just maybe, shit like what happened in tuscon could have been avoided. Or at least someone could have shot his ass before he killed those people. just another thought on this issue...

Pharrington
Pharrington

To SonOfLiberty86: Please don't paint with such a broad brush. Not all of us are "you people", but I believe most of us have some legitimate concerns with the timing of this piece of legislation as it relates to the recent Tucson shooting. I live in Tucson. I am also a gun owner and make no apologies for that. I have no problem in principle with the idea of selecting a state gun for Arizona, and placing it right up there with our state bird (Cactus Wren) and our state flower (Saguaro Cactus Blossom). But moving on a piece of legislation like this a scant 6 weeks after the shootings in Tucson seems ill-timed... if not bone-headed in the extreme. It is a Public Relations disaster in the making. Does Arizona - the state with the most recent deadly mass shooting this year -- really want to be among the first states to step up and say, "Forget about Health Care and Education and balancing the budget... what we need to move on right now is to designate a state gun." This is just the latest in a string of recent events that casts a negative light on our state, and provides he national media with a one more opportunity to point their fingers at us and say, "What the F were they thinking?!"

SonsOfLiberty86
SonsOfLiberty86

You people are despicable.You want to ban guns? You want to end "gun culture"?I propose you leave Arizona. Arizona will not ban guns, and our gun culture will never die.I live in Arizona. All of my friends have weapons that, in anti-gun liberals eyes - are "evil black guns", or "black rifles". Guns that look "scary" because they hold lots of bullets.But we haven't killed anyone. And we aren't going to. We are law abiding, hard working Americans who do our jobs, contribute to society and don't harm anyone.Guns are the foundation of this country, and especially this state.Without firearms, our country would not exist. We would not be America.We have always had guns, and we always will.Those using tragedy to support their biased opinions and propaganda are not only distasteful in nature, but completely heartless.Gun control takes away guns from law abiding people.Not those psycho killers who go out on rampages. They will still get guns, I promise you that.There is no shortage of guns. You don't have to go to the gun shop to get them.You can get them illegally. And once you've taken away all the law abiding American citizens guns that they can get legally, then only the criminals and psychos will be able to get their guns - illegally. Yes, they will still get guns. People will always have guns.You can never make all the guns disappear. Only the ones in the hands of people who truly deserve them.And that is what you propose?To disarm our citizens? To disarm those who only want to protect and defend themselves & their families from psycho shooters out there? Cause the psycho shooters will still have guns no matter what. That is what you need to understand.The laws won't stop them.I'm pretty sure there are laws against killing people too, but did those laws stop them?No, they didn't.For those using the tragedy in Tuscon as a platform to put out your anti-gun agenda propaganda, you are sick. What about Joe Zamudio, the armed citizen who helped take down Jared Loughner? Who was responsible enough to not shoot the wrong person? A normal armed citizen, who helped, and didn't shoot anyone, yet he had a gun?

Stop playing your gun control game. Do you really think gun control will have any effect whatsoever on criminals, deranged shooters & psycho killers?Gun control is a fallacy:www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yq4Io3...

Mark C. Cappuccio
Mark C. Cappuccio

Feel really sorry for Arizona having to put up with a idiots. Besides, why does Arizona pay tributeto Colt? If any state has a claim to the Colt legacy, it would be CT. I think if we would do something, it would be a a resolution.

Kc8905
Kc8905

Arizona now needs to designate an official state venereal disease. How about syphilis?

Car_del99
Car_del99

ARIZONA ... where IDIOCY is rewarded ...and INTELLIGENCE is IRRELEVANT... for office

AdGuyAZ
AdGuyAZ

Once again the state of Arizona's legislators and law makers make a critical error in judgement that makes all of us Arizonans look like a bunch of whackos. I'm not debating whether or not we should have a state gun. Perhaps it is appropriate given our Wild West heritage. I'm just saying that the timing of this bill - a mere 6 weeks after one of the most horrific mass shootings in our state's history - seem incredibly ill-timed. What's the hurry? The Colt Revolver dates from the 1870s. Wasn't there even a single voice of reason from the Right-hand side of the aisle offering the suggestion like, "Given what occurred on January 8th in Tucson, I move to table this discussion until the next legislative session..."

AzBorn&Raised
AzBorn&Raised

Calling the shooting in tucson " one of the most tragic mass shootings in American history" is a bit extreme. tragic? yes. Will it be in the history books? i strongly doubt it... To imply that something like this could only happen in arizona due to our gun friendly laws is just plain stupid. Thats the kind of shallow thinking that leads the rest of the country to believe arizona is full of dangerous gun nuts.. We have the right to bear arms.. to strictly regulate everything having to do with guns is like saying we have, the freedom of speech.. but your only allowed to talk about this and this, and you cant talk about that. I support a state gun.. its not wasting any money, and it feeds off of our states heritage of rising from the old west.. which, other than golf, isnt that our big tourism ideal?

GlenBecksaFool
GlenBecksaFool

One last question before I leave this site... and thanks for the article by on the Arizona State Gun (proposed).

Q: Was Jan Brewers son's criminal insanity condition ever deemed "hereditary"????

GlenBecksaFool
GlenBecksaFool

The Valley of The Living Brain Dead... With legislators like that it almost makes you want to welcome Sharia law down there...

Should someone with a punishment mentality like that be in charge of anything? Do the voters who put/keep him in power in Arizona have a death wish?

guessmyname
guessmyname

Maybe the law should be that every gun sold in Arizona should only be orange. This way, everyone can be aware of who is carrying a gun so everyone is made aware of who is carrying.

Pit Boss
Pit Boss

It's almost as if Pearce, Burgess and a couple of others are getting together beforehand to figure out the absolute dumbest, inane, ridiculous bill they could possibly think of just to see if the other GOPers will actually vote for it.

Considering Pearce's track record of bullying and harassment of Republicans who vote against his bills, this might be due to pure fear. I guess that's how this dumb prick became the alpha dog of Arizona politics. What a fucking mess.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

Again, this reporter injects false information into the gun debate by stating: " . . .and the state's gun culture should be abandoned."

Excuse me? Mr. King, where did you pull that "fact" out of - YOUR BUTT!

I have heard no call to abandon our state's "gun culture." Please cite for me the call you claim has been made to abandon our gun culture. You're just trying, like your collegue Ray Stern, to spread the falsehood that there are hordes of people wanting to ban guns.

It's a strategy that the NRA (the spokesagency for the weapons industry) that they will attempt to scare the American gun enthuisiast by claiming, FALSELY, that there is a movement afoot to ban guns.

OneEyedCockatoo
OneEyedCockatoo

Why couldn't these morons put some thought into it and pick something like Beretta? That would it could be a car, a gun or a TV show. It's not that difficult.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

How are we doing on the State's economy?

Parky
Parky

At least they didn't pick a Glock...

Sauron77
Sauron77

I vote for the water pistol...

botanybay
botanybay

Considering that both Pearce and his son, Sean, were BOTH critically wounded by handguns while they were on-duty with the MCSO, I find it strange.

But then again, another son of his is named "Colten", so if the man will name his kid after this same gun, I guess we could expect him to make his son's namesake the state firearm.

Read more about this whack-job at: http://www.azleg.gov/MembersPa...

Oregon Gramps
Oregon Gramps

This country was built around the firearm. It freed us from the British, it expanded the frontier although not always in a honorable way. Firearms have kept us free for nearly 2½ centuries by the simple fact that an armed citizenry would make an invasion extremely costly and in all probaility fail. States have for many, many years adopted any number objects as "The State" this or that, so if a state wishes to honor a particular firearm and the industry that that is instrumental in keeping this Representative Republic free.

So from this Retired/Disabled Vet. I say "stuff in your barracks bag mate." If you decry a states right to to honor what it wishes as long as no one is harmed or forced to do something against their wishes, there are plenty of other places on this planet where you can live and have your every thought and deed controlled by the "Big Brother" government.

guest
guest

the colt saa is one of the "guns that won the west" and arizona is representative of the old west.

azowner
azowner

nobody said you couldn't have one, just that 30+ rounds in i semi is a bit much for self protection. BTW a person was there with a gun in Tucson, thankfully he didn't shoot. It would have been the wrong one... think about it....

Tommy Collins
Tommy Collins

Residential water treatment systems are at the top of the list for most options in new houses. I think I know why....

Rjshannon54
Rjshannon54

Your words might hurt my feelings (free speech), but never kill me. For those of us who have lost friends and family to gun violence, can I make it any clearer?

fyrfinder
fyrfinder

Personally, I'd rather see a rifle as the Arizona state firearm, but I could see a six shooter too.

James King
James King

Are you kidding me? He shot 19 people, killing a federal judge and nearly killing a sitting congresswoman. I have a feeling this might find its way into a history book or two.Secondly, never once did I mention anything about this only happening in Arizona because of our gun laws. And I agree, that would be "stupid." Jared Loughner's mentally ill -- he would have done something like this no matter where he was.Thirdly, the type of "shallow thinking that leads the rest of the country to believe arizona is full of dangerous gun nuts" doesn't come from Jared Loughner, or what anyone says about him. It comes from stupid symbolic gestures like becoming one of the first state's in the country with a "state gun."If you think this isn't costing you any money, who do you think is paying the salaries of the inept legislators and their staffs to come up with this crap, draft it, discuss it, debate it, and finally pass it, as this measure undoubtedly will? These people aren't "working" for free.

botanybay
botanybay

I call upon the state to abandon its "gun culture". Ban guns.

J Curwen
J Curwen

The Walther P-38 would have been a better choice. That was the sidearm preferred by the Nazi military back in WWII.

Ni52
Ni52

Yeah, let's claim Texas too... lame

Mikey1969
Mikey1969

God, that's weak... There are plenty of other states in the legend of the 'Old West', and there are plenty of guns that are part of that legend as well. Arizona has no special claim, they just want to out Red State Utah. It's posturing, nothing more...

Twisted93
Twisted93

actually your WRONG! words have driven many soft individuals to suicide, hmmmmm why dont you gun haters ban suicides because that takes more lives than gun violence,and here is a thought for you too...........why dont you libtards go after the CRIMINAL gun owners instead of us LAW ABIDING gun owners!

guest
guest

as mass murders go, this recent one in tucson wasn't all that historic. it won't make the top 25 list. I have no idea how james king formulates the ranking system which denotes the tucson incident as "one of the most tragic mass shootings in american history," but the luby's massacre, the mcdonaldland killings, columbine, charles whitman, howard unruh... all had higher death and injury rates.

I wonder what some of the least tragic mass killings in american history were? maybe james king knows.

Nunya Bidness
Nunya Bidness

Fuck you.

That's the only answer you deserve.

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