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

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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James King
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