Yes, because every state needs its own official state gun, right? Do you know your state bird, state motto, state tree? Well, if you're in Arizona, you'd better brush up and add that state gun to the top of the list.
Legislators in the Grand Canyon State currently aim to name the Colt Single Action Army Revolver as Arizona's official state gun, allegedly in memory of its 19th-century frontier days. And what a meaningful honor that would be, right?
Now, when some little item like this pops up in the news to break the hopelessly depressing monotony of faraway really important events, a cynic could suspect that....
...a lobbyist for some gunmaker was behind the stunt. And that cynic would be right on target, bull's-eye, dead center.
"Arizona was founded by rugged individuals," says Todd Rathner, who does helpful political things for the benefit of a certain gunmaker who patented the revolver mechanism back in 1836, old Andrew Jackson's day. "They took care of themselves and did so largely with a Colt Single Action Army Revolver on their hip.”
But where are the jobs?