Utah becomes first state to add an “official firearm” to its state symbols

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The M1911, Utah's official state gun.

Fucking Utah, huh? Given that the state borders both Arizona and Colorado — two states that, in recent history, have seen horribly tragic shootings by crazed gunmen — you'd think Utah would know better than to designate an "official firearm" as a state symbol. Well, they don't, and now the state can consider the M1911 pistol their murderous weapon of choice.  

Conservatives are saying, "Constitutional rights, freedom, state pride, blah blah," while liberals are all like, "Um, you're basically advocating a tool used for killing people to death."

CNN sums it up thusly:

Now [Utah has] added an official state firearm — the John M. Browning-designed M1911 pistol, becoming the first state in the nation to have one, according to the state legislator [Carl Wimmer] who sponsored the law.

Wimmer selected the semi-automatic M1911 because gun maker Browning was born and raised in Ogden, Utah, and was the son of Utah pioneers who crossed the plains in the 1800s, 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 is 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."

Why, you're probably wondering, the M1911 and not, say, the bazooka or musket? 

The governor's office played down the lethality of the new symbol and focused more on its creator.

"This bill isn't so much about a weapon as it is about honoring John Moses Browning, who was a Utah inventor and entrepreneur, and he repeatedly gave back to the state," said the governor's spokeswoman, Ally Isom.

The governor's office and both chambers of the legislature are controlled by Republicans.

Oh, one more fun, fun thing to consider: last night, the Utah-set HBO series [spoiler alert] Big Love came to an end with patriarch Bill Hendrickson getting shot, killed by his neighbor — who perhaps was using an M1911!