By Chase Stevens ’12
Recently, many Arizonans have begun advocating for naming the Colt Single-Action Army Revolver, or the Colt SAA, as the state gun.
If the state legislature did pass the bill naming the Colt SAA as the state gun, Arizona would be the first state in the United States to have an official state gun.
But people feel that this is somewhat rude and offensive, considering the very recent shooting in Tucson involving U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Others say that it is simply ridiculous; there is no need for Arizona to have a state gun.
What’s really ridiculous are these arguments.
While it is true that this proposal comes two months after shooting of Rep. Giffords and her staff, that has no bearing whatsoever on making the Colt SAA our state gun.
If the gunman had used a Colt SAA, there might be cause for concern. However, alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner did not use a Colt SAA.
Imagine if Rep. Giffords hadn’t been shot.
What if she had been hit by a car? Would we all want to stop driving?
If Rep. Giffords was stabbed, would we stop using knives to cut our food?
Just because Jared Lee Loughner allegedly used a gun at the congresswoman at Your Corner Event Saturday, Jan.8 doesn’t mean we should now ignore all guns.
One must consider the role of guns, especially the Colt SAA in Arizona’s history.
The Colt SAA represents a large part of Arizonan history, and it should be honored as such. It is such a small gesture that has no negative effect, yet is symbolic and helps recognize our heritage as Arizonans.