Are they high-caliber lawmakers, or what?
Those signs of the onrushing Apocalypse that I like to chronicle here are coming so fast I can barely keep track of them these days.
It turns out, the Arizona Legislature has just voted to make the Colt Single Action Army Revolver the state’s official firearm.
If you wonder why a state needs an official firearm, you could ask Utah, which last month designated the Browning M1911 semiautomatic pistol as its official gun.
“Anytime you see a Western movie, the revolver in John Wayne’s hand is a Colt single action,” the sponsor of the Arizona bill told us.
I am not making up that John Wayne quote. The sponsor went on to say the Colt revolver “is a historic firearm and it fits well with the story of Arizona.”
An opponent of the bill, a Navajo, pointed out in debate that the revolver did indeed fit in with the general history of killing a lot of Native Americans in the old west.
In case you can’t remember why Arizona has been in the news recently, it’s the place where a mass shooting just three months ago killed six people and wounded 13 others. That shooter didn’t use a Colt, though.
Now if you will excuse me, I’m off to drum up support for making the .44 Derringer, the gun that killed Abe Lincoln, the official Washington, DC firearm. Wish me luck.
Top: Rancher Archie Bushfield fires a Colt .45 replica that he made out of iron and spare parts at a Stampede breakfast in Balzac, Alberta, in a 1998 file photo. REUTERS
Left: Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan, wearing a holster with a Colt revolver, gets ready for a mock gunfight with a Billy Clinton mannequin at Tombstone, Arizona’s O.K. Corral, during a campaign stop in 1996. REUTERS/Jim Bourg