Arizona's Official State Gun Bill Goes From Dumb Idea to Embarrassing Reality With Signature of Governor Jan Brewer

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Welcome to Arizona, the official billboard for the Connecticut-based Colt gun company.

Following intense lobbying of state legislators by the gun company, Governor Jan Brewer yesterday signed a bill into law that makes the Colt single-action Army revolver the official firearm of the state of Arizona -- which will undoubtedly serve as rhetorical ammo for the state's haters who want to paint Arizonans as knuckle-dragging, gun-toting hillbillies. That said, one look at the majority of our elected officials, and the haters would appear to be right.

Having an official state gun is not the end of the world -- it's just stupid, especially in Arizona, for a lot of reasons.

Following the January 8, Tucson shooting rampage that left Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords severely injured, there were cries from the sane that perhaps Arizona's gun laws are too lax, and the state's gun culture should be abandoned -- or at least toned down.

Despite the tragedy, state GOPers decided to ignore the suggestions and go a different direction by making Arizona only the second state in the country to adopt an official state gun (Utah became the first last month).

Aside from further tarnishing the state's already poor image, wasting legislators' time and, more importantly, your money, to argue about insignificant symbolic crap like an official state gun -- as the state continues its an economic nightmare -- is idiotic, and offensive.

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar seems to agree.

"Another day, another waste of taxpayers' time and money at the state capitol. My family owns guns, and I'm embarrassed that state government chose to spend hours on a state gun -- even brought it back on reconsideration after it was defeated -- instead of changing one word in statute to ensure 20,000 Arizonans' jobless aid isn't cut off during tough times," Tovar says."This is absolutely ridiculous and offensive, and it's even more humiliating that the weapon they chose isn't even manufactured in Arizona. It's time for a change."

There is some good news, though: this year's legislative session is over. So any further humiliation our leaders have in store for the state will have to be put on hold until the legislature reconvenes in January.
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Gmann
Gmann

Would have been nice to choose a gun that is actually made IN Arizona, Ruger has a plant up in Prescott.  Duh ! !

1000 yard
1000 yard

If AZ is going to have an official "state gun", why a colt?  Ruger, one of the largest firearms manufacturers in the country, has production operations in AZ.   Colt?  ZIP

Steveshousenow
Steveshousenow

I think we need a state Condom to incourge the reduction of stupid pepole getting into state government

Nukeweldor
Nukeweldor

Let's just eliminate Government altogether and begin to return to some comprehensible and sustainable form of reality.

1000 yard
1000 yard

I buy that a man' rights extend to the point that they do not mess with another's!

To: James King
To: James King

As governor, Jan Drinkswineandcrasheshercar Brewer, is also a dumb idea and an embarrassing reality.

And can you ask Governor Jan when she's going to re-implement full time civic services such as the libraries, etc. ?

She told us a year ago that she had balanced the State's budget - all by herself - and Governor Jan would never lie to us... ever ever ever ever ever ever ever eVeR EVER eveR eVEr eVer evEr.Govenor Jan, you're swell. bitch.Steve Tracy

Mistalee
Mistalee

The gun bill and the license plate bill are just lead-ups to the crowning achievement of the Arizona legislature- declaring the Cletus http://gallery.pethobbyist.com... To be the official state animal, and incest the official state sport.

Edekit
Edekit

The Single Action Colt was obsolete by the time WW I began. It is totally appropriate as a symbol of the Arizona Government. We should be proud beyond reason that the Legislature, and the Governor have chosen to reveal just exactly how backward they are. But I do recall that the servers at Bill Johnson's Big apple carry non functioning replicas of this pistol, adding to the old west ambiance of one of the best places in the USA to get a hamburger as big as a water bucket lid.

Tina
Tina

I expect we'll soon be hearing more about our Connecticut "state firearm" from Letterman, Leno, Craig Ferguson, Bill Mahrer, et al.After all, everybody knows that the loose cannon is really Arizona's firearm. Got lots of those

Rob
Rob

YEEEE HAAAWWWW!!!!

And a Tea Party license plate to go with it? Oh, this is just tooo good to be true.

Please, oh please Arizona Legislature and Governor Brewer...legalize inter family marriage too? It's the only piece of the puzzle missing now.

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

OH I forgot, and outlaw sleeves on shirts, make the sleeveless flannel shirt the State uniform for cops and legislators.

Mistalee
Mistalee

Later, along with ethnic studies, Arizona can ban the teaching of English, math and science on grounds that "such larnin' is prideful and aginst God's will."

US War Veteran
US War Veteran

LMAO, maybe outlawing a full set of teeth to go with that.

ZakRulz
ZakRulz

As a former tax payer of the state of Connecticut, I would like to thank the state legislature.

GuestyMcGuesterson
GuestyMcGuesterson

Not only was this a dumb idea; but really?.. They could have gone with a Ruger, at least those are manufactured in Prescott.Alas, my tax dollars contributed to this purely symbolic piece of legislation, way to make a real difference AZ Government! Makin' this state more desirable by the day with our bottom of the barrel education and poor health and human services dept.

Antidote
Antidote

Jared Laughner must be the present state psycho killer.

Tina
Tina

Well, along legislature idiocy lines, how about Robert Benjamin Smith, 1966 in Mesa?

EdEKit
EdEKit

Tina, if I recall correctly Smith used a 9 shot .22 Cal revolver. It is similar to the Army Colt, though it does not make as much noise.

Antidote
Antidote

we need a state knife.

EdEKit
EdEKit

Antidote, unofficially the State Knife is the Lock Back Buck Knife.

Raymond Burrhead
Raymond Burrhead

lock back buck knives are for amateurs and yuppies not killers. they are for cleaning your dirty finger nails and cutting fishing lines and house hold chores for females that cant do it themselves.

Fast Deep And Lethal
Fast Deep And Lethal

mine is two big large 8 inch knives on both sides of my hips- body and an cattle prod bungied corded on my motorcycle handle bars. when your in a violent battle you dont have time to un lock a silly little buck knife. even convicts in the joint have better home made prison shanks than a silly little buck knife. when your life is on the line you gotta stab fast deep and lethal. join the USMC they will teach you what im talking about. KILL OR BE KILLED!

P
P

How about a state hammer? Y'all have real houses down that ways, right? Not just those mud walled things...?

Or maybe a state stapler. Where would we be without that little piece of folding metal magic? And while staples--per se--are not in the US Constitution (just as hand guns, per se, are not), free speech and a free press are guaranteed, and a ban on staples would hamper those rights...There are few small items, I think you will all agree, as useful as a staple. May I suggest the Swingline 1000?

Gerry_C
Gerry_C

While the state gun is a stupid thing for our legislature to do, it is not the stupidest that was done.

MeadoWoman
MeadoWoman

No, it's not stupid. She made a stand that guns are not the problem, people are.

Edekit
Edekit

Absolutely right MeadoWoman, and the people who are the problem are in the majority in the State Legislature.

Rob
Rob

How does designating an official state gun equate to making a stand that guns are not the problem?

I am pro 2nd Amendment, but the logic of this is lost on me?

amazed
amazed

Hmm, since we now have a state gun, maybe we can carry it on to campus.I thought the whole carry your gun on campus and carry your concealed weapon with out a permit, oh yea, speanding money and time to have a presidential canidate prove citizenship more than federal requirements was enduring enough humiliation, but I was wrong. Our kids at the capital still have enough fire and energy to go all year long. When are they going to take their naps?

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