Utah Moves Toward Adopting State Gun

Many have long wondered: “I know our state bird, but what is our state gun to shoot it with?” Now, in Utah, the uncertainty may soon be over. State lawmakers are moving toward adopting the Browning M1911 as the official state gun.

This will of course be a bitter disappointment for those who find the Deringer to be a cute gun, but of course that is more an option for Pennsylvania since the first model was from Philadelphia. Then there are the Thompson machine gun advocates, but John Bell Blish the first patent holder hails from Indiana.

John Browning was a Utah native. He invented the single-action, semi-automatic gun in 1911. It was a magazine-fed and recoil-operated .45 calibre.

It would now join the other state symbols, including the state cooking pot (Dutch oven), and the state folk dance (Square dance). The state bird is something of a surprise (California Seagull). Indeed, given Utah concealed weapon permits, you can bring your state Browning gun with your California Seagull stew in your Dutch oven to your neighborhood square dance. If that does not show you are a true Utahan I do not know what would qualify.

Source: Daily Mail

41 thoughts on “Utah Moves Toward Adopting State Gun”

  1. “No intelligent person would insult a jew for wearing a yamaka–at least, not in a public forum. Or a priest for a clerical collar.”

    Jews don’t wear a yarmulke claiming they protect one from knives, bullets, evil, etc.

    Priests don’t wear clerical collar claiming they protect one from knives, bullets, evil, etc.

    If either did, I’d rip on them like I do the Mormon’s for their magic underwear. I’m an equal opportunity ripper.

  2. Back2theFuture: “Odd that so many find it necessary to attack mormonism (already a logically tenuous move in a post about the state of Utah) for having “magic underwear.” No intelligent person would insult a jew for wearing a yamaka–at least, not in a public forum. Or a priest for a clerical collar.”
    ——-
    Dude, they’re underwear. To, among other things, provide protection against temptation and sin. Now that’s just funny.

    As to yarmulkes and priestly collars not being made fun of, well if they wore them on or around their private parts you can bet your butt they would be made fun of. At least on this blawg. Little yarmulkes and priestly collars. Come to think of it, that might not be a bad idea for the catholic priests at all.

  3. Does this mean that a lunatic gunman in Utah should use the official state gun when he whacks a politician and several bystanders, so that he gets a discount on his sentence for showing respect to the states symbols?

  4. Gyges,

    You might find this interesting. Perhaps even a bit disturbing. Or perhaps, as I did, a combination of both but simply a reflection of genetic drift created by assorted dogmas that advocate over-breeding in the face of scarce resources as a means to perpetuate organizations over responsibility for the species as a whole. Model predicts ‘religiosity gene’ will dominate society.

  5. Buddha,

    I get more weird looks trying to explain my atheism than I ever did trying to explain my fundamentalist Christianity. Not that I go out of my way to have to explain either, but sometimes it just comes up.

    What’s really funny is that in my wife’s family, one member’s written a book on Prince Charles being the antichrist, there’s at least two people that honestly and sincerely believe in fairies, and I’m still the one whose beliefs they consider “odd.”

    I don’t really think atheism fits the definition of a religion, but to those who don’t “practice” it seems wacky.

  6. Gyges,

    Hence the reason I don’t practice any religion. I’ll take empiricism over belief and blind faith any day. Although I do dig the philosophy of Siddhartha (among others, some of whom have no religion formed around their wisdom).

  7. Buddha,

    To be fair, all religions are equally wacky to those who don’t practice them.

  8. Back2thefuture,
    If it makes you feel better the Opus Dei Cahtolics wear a device that is supposed to give them pain, so underwear sounds much more reasonable. As long as they don’t chafe.

  9. No intelligent person would believe in magic underwear or think that a collar or a hat makes someone “special” in the eyes of a God let alone the God. Being a good person doesn’t have a damn thing to do with religious tradition. It has to do with only one thing: strength of character. Strength of character comes from only once place: inside – where one makes the decisions about how they behave toward other sentient beings. It doesn’t come from a single book or tradition. Whether you join the 21st Century starting from the 5th Century BCE or the 1st, 7th or 19th Century CE? You really should join the present. Religion has no place in government – as a matter of Constitutional law – and little value to modern humans other than as a vessel to teach ethics (often wrongly and purposefully wrong to advance the unethical agendas of men) via parable. I have no issue with your religion unless you’re a fundamentalist and therefor by definition insane and probably a member of a death cult. However, if you think any religion deserves respect after the vile bullshit done throughout history – including the Utah Mormon War – is simply playing cheerleader for “their team”. Belief? It’s all well and good unless you want to force others to adopt yours or give it special treatment. But organized religion? Is a scam. Plain and simple. An untaxed Ponzi scheme.

    And if you don’t like people making fun of your magic underwear or other nonsensical “beliefs”?

    1) Get a sense of humor because humorless people suck. You have a right to freedom of religion – a belief system. You do not have the right to demand that belief system be taken seriously by anyone else.

    and

    2) Don’t adopt ridiculous and irrational beliefs if you don’t want them ridiculed. Especially by people capable of critical thought who might examine just how ridiculous your beliefs are and, ha-HA, ridicule them. Humor is often the first reaction to the mindlessness of being a slave to traditionalism and irrational beliefs. Contrast this to the often first reaction of traditionalist believers to non-believers (for whatever reason) which is exclusion and sometimes violence “in the name of (insert your God here)”. Making fun of the ridiculous? If your “God” can’t take a joke? He/she/it isn’t much of a “God”, are they? Suck it up, buttercup. Comedy is a tough game, but when practiced properly, is completely non-discriminatory. If you walk this Earth? You are a proper target for comedy. If you don’t like it? Tough shit.

    But back to what got your knickers in twist, magic underwear. Magic underwear? Really? The fact that anyone would expect to be taken seriously about “holy clothing” in the days of quantum mechanics, molecular biology and nanotechnology only shows the primitiveness of operating on belief over empirical fact and reason. It’s inherently funny because it’s inherently ridiculous. No one with a properly functioning brain thinks their undergarments provide any special connection to a divine being or special protection beyond a minimum of wetness protection for your outerwear and keeping one’s naughty bits from shifting during transit.

    And speaking of naughty bits, next time you get upset at someone making fun of your particular religious beliefs? Remember: that’s what terrorists do. They just use AK-47’s to express their lack of a sense of humor instead of snark. So take a deep breath, relax your grip, and quit taking yourself and your beliefs so seriously.

    Nobody gets out of here alive and anyone who tells you they “know” what comes next is completely full of shit.

  10. Odd that so many find it necessary to attack mormonism (already a logically tenuous move in a post about the state of Utah) for having “magic underwear.” No intelligent person would insult a jew for wearing a yamaka–at least, not in a public forum. Or a priest for a clerical collar.

    Oh, but that’s right. This blog is about the pompous self-congratulatory group masturbation of political one-sidedness–not really a forum to provoke real growth.

  11. Tootie:

    “I think it is charming. A state gun. Awesome. It has historical value. It’s symbolic of West. It’s about a cherished unalienable right. It’s about a government behaving virtuously so that the citizens do not need to rise up to destroy it.”

    Sure it’s charming, if it was 1711.

    “We know Obama loves it. If it weren’t for hundreds of folks around him with guns, things wouldn’t be so easy for him. Same goes for George Bush. Same goes for the next president: rep or dem.”

    No, “we” don’t. Unless, of course, you have the magical powers of ESP but, wouldn’t that be the devil at work? Glad you think it’s easy being president – especially when there are those who wouldn’t think twice about assassinating a president (particularly our current president), or any political figure for that matter. If it’s so easy, I suggest you run and tell everyone else how it’s done.

    “As they say, an armed community is a polite one.”

    Maybe you prefer living in a paranoid community, I prefer not to. If I’m going to die, I’m going to die, regardless of how. But, by the same token, I don’t need the NRA yahoo living next door shooting someone in a case of mistaken identity because he was trying to “protect” his community, which, by the way, happens more often than not. Latest example? The nitwit in Tucson who was ready to shoot one of the men who wrestled Loughner’s gun away from him. Said nitwit was ready to shoot “the guy he saw with the gun.” Polite indeed.

    “Mormons are ever so polite. Are they not?”

    Actually, they aren’t. I view Mormons in the same light I view most religious types – bigotted, small and simple-minded, hateful people who need someone else to dictate to them what is right and what is wrong. Those who need someone to rule over them with the fear of eternal damnation. A cult, so to speak. Oh, like Buddha said, they wear magic underwear – BIG red flag.

  12. “I think it is charming. A state gun. Awesome. It has historical value. It’s symbolic of West.”

    Really? Considering that the Model 1911 wasn’t built until 1910 and adopted by the military until 1911, it’s less symbolic of the West than of militarism. It is, however, an excellent sidearm.

    “Mormons are ever so polite. Are they not?”

    They also believe in magic underwear.

    By your logic, a community that wears magic underwear is a polite one too, Tootles.

    Now come on and foam at the mouth about how I’m against the 2nd Amendment so I can make you look more foolish than you already do.

  13. Stam:

    True. But that is not what frank is talking about.

    I think it is charming. A state gun. Awesome. It has historical value. It’s symbolic of West. It’s about a cherished unalienable right. It’s about a government behaving virtuously so that the citizens do not need to rise up to destroy it.

    We know Obama loves it. If it weren’t for hundreds of folks around him with guns, things wouldn’t be so easy for him.

    Same goes for George Bush. Same goes for the next president: rep or dem.

    As they say, an armed community is a polite one.

    Mormons are ever so polite. Are they not?

  14. Tootie:

    One can be book smart but common sense stupid. The actions of the Utah legislature proves this point.

  15. Might I suggest that this problem is rooted in Utah having a state brain.

    Grammarians: Please note the singular article “a”.

  16. Elaine

    of course you have to have more than one gun. an m1911 would never go with cowboy boots, that would be like carrying a 357 s&w with sandals. i don’t know what to do about cheerleaders though.

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