Morning Poll: Is Determining Official "State Gun" the Biggest Waste of Lawmakers' Time? Sadly, it's Debatable

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Well, they actually did it...

The Arizona Senate yesterday approved a bill that puts the Grand Canyon State one step closer to becoming the first state in the entire union to have its own official state gun (Arizona's currently in a race with Utah for that, ahem, honor).

The Senate voted 18-12 to make the Colt Single-Action Army revolver the gun to represent all Arizonans. The bill now goes to the House, where it will be discussed, and probably passed. Then it's on to Governor Jan Brewer's desk, where a few flicks of Jan's pen will make it the law of the land.

As all this incredibly unimportant political maneuvering is taking place to declare an official state gun (speaking of which, Republican Senator Adam Driggs notes that Colt's lobbyist had advocated for the bill's passage), the state's still looking at a pesky $1.15 billion budget shortfall.

In our humble opinion, until that's sorted out, Arizona can hold off on an official state gun -- and the wasted tax dollars that go with it as the clowns down at the Legislature sort out the specifics -- and focus all of their efforts on getting the state out of the red. Or at least on things that address problems that actually exist.

But a "state gun" is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the river of pointless, strictly symbolic crap that's flowed through the Legislature this year.

Lest we forget the Arizona Senate's resolution to support Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker as he dukes it out with labor leaders in a state that borders Canada? How about the abortion bill that's goal is to combat a problem that's only slightly more relevant than increased reports of unicorn attacks? There's always the "Don't Tread on Me" license-plate bill, and the all-important "Birther Bill," which would require candidates for president and vice-president to prove they're U.S. citizens before their names are allowed on the Arizona ballot, despite it's already being a federal requirement for either job. Thankfully, that bill didn't pass, but it was still introduced, discussed, and debated -- all on your dime.

The list goes on and on, but we've narrowed it down to four of the most worthless pieces of legislation -- that address no legitimate problem -- for your consideration for the biggest time-waster of this legislative season.

Cast your vote below, and keep in mind, by even wasting a single breath on most of this crap, your representatives in state government have wasted their time, and infinitely more important, your money.


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Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Actually, I think having a state gun is a terrific idea, as long as all the arizombies who vote for it or sign it into law, are required to cock it, aim it at their head, and pull the trigger. After all, we have to make sure the state gun is dependable...................don't we?

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

You should have added "All of the Above" as a choice

SaltyWench
SaltyWench

I'm rather fond of the "Lets allow hunting within city limits" bill that is pending.

Not surprised
Not surprised

Where is d) all of the above? This legislature is a total joke of a body of lawmakers.

Live in district 18? PLEASE get out and SIGN the RECALL PEARCE form this weekend. The rest of Arizona would be ever so grateful!

Dumbing down the dullards
Dumbing down the dullards

James King !!!How dare you question something as important as a "State Gun". ?The hell's the matter with you ?This is Arizona, by golly, where we done do whatever we likes to, regardless of how asinine it makes us look to the rest of America. The whole country's nuthin but commies and fags, anyway. God likes us best, and don't you furrgit it.

This will open up the possibility for additional "State" stuff... like...State Psychopath... Shit, that's too tough to call.State Imbecile... Jan BrewerState Car... Bentley Continental convertible (with steer horns on hood)State Nazi... Russell Pearce.State Grafter... Anyone in the civic centerState Narcissist... Sheriff JoeState Sharpshooter... Deputy Louie PurollState Waste of Time... Stupid State legislation for crap like this

See how it works ? The possibilities are limitless.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

"State Sharpshooter... Deputy Louie Puroll"

We actually have a 14 inch sharpshooting competition?

Dumbing down the dullards
Dumbing down the dullards

We sure as hell do have a 14 inch competition...

But only for self-inflicted gunshot wounds when no one is looking.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

VERY SERIOUS QUESTION:

If my son wishes to wear a T-shirt to school honoring our Official AZ State Gun, does the state protect him from the wrath of the school district? Obviously, a picture of a Glock on a T-shirt would be prohibited, but a picture of our beloved and official state gun?

Dumbing down the dullards
Dumbing down the dullards

Your son, appearing at school in such a garment, would be excoriated and expelled.That's if you folks are Caucasian.If, however, your boy is Black or Hispanic, he would be expelled for keeps, branded as psychologically off balanced or a terrorist, investigated as such, and most likely jailed.

Understand that overt suggestions of violence are uniquely for adults... white adults, that is.

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

NOT FAIR. I can't figure out an answer to that poll question. As far as value to Arizona, they all rank a zero. As far as potential to harm Arizona, I would guess the license plates carry the least negative impact. All four are negative because they waste money and time when we have serious problems in AZ.

Bluox48
Bluox48

All those who did NOT vote that the Walker bill was the biggest waste of time need to move (not vacation) to the Cheesehead State. In fact I am leaving here as soon as the retirement papers are finished. At least AZ has long been know as the junior fruits and nuts to CA for quite a long while now; but Wisconsin has had a sweaty underbelly, just well hidden. WI has always been IL light. Not to mention the entire state almost always has horrible weather, and I grew up in Western NY.

Rob
Rob

add an "all of the above"....

Chilidawg
Chilidawg

Actually the while the state gun bill is rather pointless, it doesn't have the potential to be the monsterous waste of money that other bills have. The "birther" bill is likely to be challenged in court and will be tossed out fairly quickly. but you neglected to mention the one bill that will potentially cost the state millions in legal fees, and which will be found unconstitutional. That is the bill to "rescind" the 14th amendment as it applies to the children of undocumented immigrants.

J Curwen
J Curwen

That was a hard call to make! Our legislature is so adept at wasting time and money. In the end I couldn't vote for the license plates, since they will let us know whose cars need keying or other special attention. Among the other three it was almost a toss-up.

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