Friday, March 18, 2011

Bang Bang



As we go through out little lives we observe how some people put things in perspective and others, not so much.


There's the issue of bike lanes, which has received quite a bit of a smackdown from people with little to no real brain power. I jest of course. I'm sure that they have lots of brain power. They've probably managed to muster up enough of it to arrange for people to regularly come in and water them and keep them facing the sun.


What surprises is the big ol' holes in some of their arguments. Logic seems to have take a leave of absence. Hail, even statistics don't seem to matter much. And many of them are elected officials.


Speaking of elected officials, the good governor of Utah, Gary Herbert (R) today signed legislation making the Browning M1911 semiautomatic pistol the state gun. I somehow feel I need to type that again. The good governor of Utah, Gary Herbert (R) today signed legislation making the Browning M1911 semiautomatic pistol the state gun.


Yes, the Mormon state, the Mormons being the good people that brought us Glenn Beck, now have a state gun. 



It beat out Arizona as the first state with a official state gun.


So along side of the American Seagull (state bird), Sego Lily (state flower), the honeybee (state insect) the Blue Spruce (state tree)  is the Browning M1911 semiautomatic, the state pistol. And of course, the state song, "Utah, we love thee". The good governor explains:


"There was more controversy than I anticipated, but it really passed with bipartisan support," Wimmer said. "One of the biggest comments from the critics was that we should not honor an implement of death. And my response to that has always been that this firearm does not represent an implement of death. It represents an implement of freedom -- just the mere fact that our soldiers have used this firearm to defend liberty and freedom around the world for the last 100 years."


Well, gee. The gun came about because a born and bred Utahian - Utahite - Utahomey - (what are those people called?) created it. A plaque honoring Mr. Browning wouldn't do? Making Mr. Browning the state inventor or state entrepreneur wouldn't do? But he's right of course. Nothing says freedom and liberty like a semiautomatic. 


I would really like to see them make a state bicycle. Something like this:



Actually I'd like to see something like this:


But I don't think that's going to happen.

Elected officials. Gotta love 'em. And Utah. Sing it with me...

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