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Designating English the official language is hardly a headline-making event. Lots of states have adopted that stinky symbol.

Language English Redundant Symbol 2000
Firearm John M. Browning designed M1911 automatic pistol 2011
Utah State FirearmFilipino casualties on the first day of the massacre . . . er, “war.”

However, a growing number of states have adopted official firearms as well, a trend started by Utah. In fact, Utah’s worst symbol has to be its official firearm, the M1911 automatic pistol, adopted in 2011.

Alaska’s state rifle is used primarily for moose hunting. However, the M1911 pistol had a more sinister mission.

Utah’s official firearm was designed to kill Filipinos.

John M. Browning designed the automatic pistol for the U.S. Army, which was bogged down in sporadic battles with guerrillas in the Philippines. Uncle Sam needed a quick-firing weapon to subdue the surprisingly tough freedom fighters who were resisting the expansion of the American Empire. The M1911 fit the government’s needs.

However, the gun first saw widespread use during World War I. It became the standard-issue sidearm for the U.S. Armed Forces from 1911-1986. The name M1911 simply combines the letter M, representing “military,” and 1911—the year the U.S. military chose the M1911.

The M1911 is still manufactured in Ogden, Utah, where Browning lived.

The idea of adopting an official firearm originated with State Rep. Carl Wimmer—a Republican who was a police officer and SWAT team commander. Responding to critics, he said,

“This firearm does not represent an implement of death. It represents an implement of freedom — just the mere fact that our soldiers have used this firearm to defend liberty and freedom around the world for the last 100 years.”

Wimmer is just another lying politician. In fact, the invasion of the Philippines had nothing to do with liberty or freedom. It was just a massive slaughter of innocent civilians, including women and children. Ditto for World War I, which was one of history’s most pointless wars.

Utah State Representative Brian King was dead on when he said, “This is just a poor choice for a state symbol.” Paying tribute to weapons of war as state symbols sends out a dangerous message, especially to children. That message is amplified by liars like Carl Wimmer who portray even the most disgusting wars as righteous causes.

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