The first official state gun? Nice timing, Utah.

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No, it's not a Glock. But it is a semi-automatic weapon and, this week, a committee in Utah agreed that the Browning M1911 should become an official emblem of the state.

Despite the fact that six people were killed and several wounded -- including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords -- in a mass shooting/assassination attempt a few weeks back in Arizona, proponents of the bill don't see it as insensitve.

Rep. Carl Wimmer tabled the idea:  "There is nothing about the actions of a madman to change the fact that firearms have been used throughout our history to defend American values and traditions."

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In the days following the tragedy in Tucson, sales of the Glock semi-automatic handgun skyrocketed. That week, we spoke to Christian Pearce, co-author of "Enter The Babylon System: Unpacking Gun Culture from Samuel Colt to 50 Cent" to find out more about the gun and its place in American culture. You can take a listen here if you missed it:

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