State trees, state birds, state flowers, state songs…states celebrate their histories, heritage, values, economies and much more by honoring things that in their minds make them special. Utah recently became the first to add a handgun to its official state identity.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert recently signed legislation making the Browning M1911 the state’s official gun. The designation honors John Browning, the designer of the semi-automatic pistol. Browning was born in Ogden, Utah in 1855. U.S. armed forces began carrying the gun in 1911.
In doing so, Utah pre-empted all other right-wing states as the nation’s official bastion of redneck pecker-woods. This is what matters to the fine folks of Utah? Gotta’ love the GOP.