Show Politics April 22, 2011
The State Gun of Arizona

Arizona, like most states, has an official state flag. It has 13 rays of red and gold to represent the original 13 colonies of the union. It has a state bird (the cactus wren), a state flower (cactus flower), even a state tree (the yellow palo verde). And now, Arizona has a state gun: the Colt Single Action Army Revolver...

It's the kind of gun that John Wayne used in western movies. And why not have a state gun? Arizona has some of the most permissive gun laws in the U.S. It also has one of the highest gun murder rates in America.

In January, there was a mass shooting in Tucson that killed 6 people. In all, 19 people were shot, including a member of Congress Gabrielle Giffords. In spite of that, the state is considering legislation to allow students at Arizona University to carry concealed weapons on campus.

Drunk freshmen with hidden guns - what could go wrong? There are clues that suggest a place might be dangerous. If smoke is rising from a volcano, stay away. If there are cracks in the ice on a lake, stay off. If a state has a state gun...

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