This post is not political (though some might categorize it as such). It deals with what I think are completely insane people, some of whom happen to turn a bill into law in the United States of America.
I was born and raised a stone's throw from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and I can honestly say that I know of very few people with an unhealthy obsession for firearms. I know plenty of folks with long guns suitable for hunting (deer, moose, etc...). But a hand gun? Not so much. Part of this reason - and I'm going out on a limb to say it's probably an extremely large part - is that they are ILLEGAL. There are cases where you can get one legally (for example, collecting) but chances are if you see someone (that's not in law enforcement) in Canada with a hand gun, then you're probably best to get your butt somewhere else - quickly.
Now for our neighbours to the south there is the infamous second amendment to the constitution. In a nutshell it gives Americans the right to bear arms. There is considerable debate that occurs between the advocates of this constitutional right and those opposed to it, but I don't want to get into that here. What I do want to get is a sense for whether or not anyone else out there thinks the following is completely wrong:
Utah and Arizona have state firearms.
That's right, along with a state motto ("Industry"), bird (California gull), flower (sego lily), nickname ("the beehive state"), tree (blue spruce), gem (topaz), and a whole host of other things, Utah has a state firearm (M1911 pistol).
The whole thing just has me at a loss for words (present post excepted I suppose). I read about the tragedy in Arizona and then I read about a toddler getting his hands on a loaded gun and accidentally killing his brother and then I think about the tens of thousands of people murdered every year (including the 12,632 in 2007 alone) and I can't help but wonder what having a state firearm is saying to the families of all those victims. "God bless America?"