As we've noted previously, there's a difference between gun ownership and gun fetishism. The former doesn't offend me, but the latter creeps me out.
Arizona residents clearly belong in the latter territory.
The Arizona legislature, in an effort to please that state's sizable nutball voting bloc, has decreed the Colt Single Action Army Revolver
to be the state's official gun. Only two states have felt compelled to name an official weapon -- the other one being, of course, Utah.
Josh Marshall asks, half seriously, what your
state's official firearm would be.
For my adopted home, the answer is obvious. Marylanders should pick those Big Damn Cannons at Fort McHenry.
For my native land -- California -- a conundrum. The classic choice would be the Winchester Model 1873, "the gun that won the West," if only because Sarah Winchester built her Mystery House in San Jose. (San Jose is a funky place. It's also the home of the Rosicrucian museum, where they have cool Egyptian artifacts and an excellent library of arcana where I once spent a full day reading all sortsa bizarre stuff.) Truth be told, though, the Mystery House doesn't feel even slightly spooky.
Where was I...? Oh yes. Guns.
Maybe we shouldn't go for the classic choice. California means Hollywood, right? And Hollywood means science fiction movies. Not to mention video games. That means Big Freakin' Futuristic Firearms.
And here it is. The official gun of California. Or at least it would be, if someone would kindly get around to building the thing.
(Modesty forbids naming the artist. It was a commercial assignment.)
I don't know the make or model of the state gun of Wisconsin. But it's pointed at the heads of workers.