Wednesday, April 20, 2011

John Wayne would be proud, pilgrim

WATER consumption, annual wildfires, crumbling infrastructure, nuclear power plant operations, crime, and a sagging local economy are all major issues here in Arizona, just to name a few. But what is the state legislature busying itself with? Well, I'll tell ya, pilgrim: Approving the Colt Single Action Army Revolver as the state's official gun. Per Reuters, the bill had been rejected earlier in an *all-night* session. Today, the measure eventually won approval by a narrow 32-25 vote. If the governor signs it, we're back in the bulls-eye as a national joke. "Anytime you see a Western movie, the revolver in John Wayne's hand is a Colt single action," Arizona state Sen. Ron Gould (R) gushed to Reuters. "This is a historic firearm and it fits well with the story of Arizona." It sure does, pilgrim. It fits all too well. Like the old joke says, you know you're in Arizona when you wake up one morning and suddenly understand why a town named Why, Ariz. (pop. 116) exists.

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