Seems an obscene proposition, this bill now before the Utah legislature, raising an automatic pistol, the Browning M1911, to State symbolhood. It reads like something out of a bad novel. But there it is, amid the over-weaponized landscape to our south: along with the dutch oven (official cooking utensils), square dance (official dance), sugar beet (historical vegetable), and 20 other things the fine citizens of Utah are proud of. The State of Arizona is apparently not far behind with plans to raise the Colt to similar status. A citizen’s right to bear arms, a “God given” right no doubt, protected by the second amendment to the Constitution passed … 220 years ago.
What’s wrong with people’s heads? Forgive me for despairing for a moment, for withholding compassion and acknowledging my ignorance.