The first official state gun? Nice timing, Utah.


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."


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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