Saturday, March 26, 2011

Utah Names Official State Handgun

"Utah has become the first to designate an official firearm, after Governor Gary Herbert signed legislation this week recognizing the Browning M1911.  'This isn't about a gun,' said Mr. Herbert's spokeswoman, Ally Isom.  'It's about honouring John Moses Browning.'  The .45 calibre pistol, which turns 100 years old this year, is made today in Ogden, Utah, where Mr. Browning was born in 1855.  He designed the gun for the U.S. Army."  (Scripps Howard, The Globe and Mail)   If that's true, Ms. Isom, why not just put up a statue honouring the man, instead of drawing attention to the gun?  (And since when did the American spelling of "honoring" change?)