Two months after the deadly shooting in Tucson and the Arizona Legislature (passed) a bill to designate an official state firearm.
Ready, aim, misfire.
Gun-control activists are insulted, worrying that this bill will influence gun violence, and pro-gun believers are tickled, exclaiming the honor it brings to the founding fathers. However, what is the rest of the state thinking? According to a KPHO survey, almost half of the state is “laughing out loud.” Is it really worth the time and money to claim the Colt revolver to be a symbol of the state, perhaps leaning on a cactus next to the flag? Sure, we have set no example in the past when it comes to prioritizing — the bolo tie is the official Arizona neckwear — but with the state budget unplanned and the education system laying off teacher after teacher, is this the best of times to proclaim our devotion to a gun that existed before Arizona became a state?
Senior, Highland High School Gilbert