An editorial in sltrib.com gets all wimpy about the proposal to name John Moses Browning’s 1911 as Utah’s state gun, despite being the birthplace of the world’s greatest firearms designer. “Naming a state gun is problematic because a gun is, after all, a killing tool. It’s not like honoring the state flower, state bird, or even the state dinosaur, which happens to be a rather nasty carnivore. A gun necessarily carries the connotation of violent death, not the sort of thing Utah would want to appear to celebrate.” You see what happened there? The editorial writer knew the state’s dinosaur, the Utahraptor, eviscerated his argument. And yet he plowed on in that don’t confuse-me-with-logic way that anti-gunners do. After a little JMB ass-kissing, he concludes . . .
But instead of naming a state gun, why not honor Browning with a statue at the State Capitol?
Utah already has an outstanding, though modest, state museum devoted to Browning and his firearms at Union Station in Ogden. If you’re interested in firearms and haven’t seen it, you should check it out. It’s wonderful.
Still, naming a state gun would be a public relations misfire.
A PR misfire to whom? Man up dude. Go fire a few rounds from a .45 or something. Jeez.