After Giffords Shooting, Arizona Republicans Pick Official State Gun

On January 8, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot in the head by the gunman Jared Loughner, who killed six others in the attempted assassination. Weeks later, Arizona politicians pushed a gun bill that would "require universities and communities to allow guns on campus and one of 10 that permit guns inside public government buildings such as the state Capitol." But they're not done yet! From our sister blog in Phoenix comes the news that Arizona is advancing a bill that would give the Colt single-action Army revolver the distinct pleasure of being the state's official firearm.

Political justification via the Arizona Daily Star:

"Just like we need to tell Turkey that we're friends," [Sen. Ron Gould] told Capitol Media Services.

Put another way, Gould he said it's a method of sending some sort of official statement.

"I think Arizona has a tradition of being a Wild West state," he explained. "The Colt single action Army revolver epitomizes the Wild West heritage of Arizona."

But what about Giffords, currently recovering in a Houston hospital, or Brisenia Flores, the nine-year-old girl shot dead in her own home? No mention.

Arizona would be the first state to choose a government-backed gun, though Utah has given it a shot. So direct your laughs and shrieks of horror westward.

[ / @joecoscarelli]

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