Isn’t this charming: Utah has officially declared the Browning model 1911 semi-automatic pistol their official state gun. How lovely! I remember when our kids were growing up in Utah, one of their school assignments was to compile all of the state symbols into an illustrated report, so I knew the Utah state bird was the California gull, and the state insect was the honey bee, and the state fossil was Allosaurus, but they weren’t pasting pictures of firearms into their scrapbooks. That will all change now.
If I were helping a kid through the Utah school system, and I had to help them find pictures for that assignment, I’d point them to this page on the geography of gun deaths. It has some pretty illustrations.
Look! Utah is a lovely orange!
This is also useful, but it might be a little difficult for elementary school kids…although it might be a springboard to teach them about statistics and correlations. Every fourth grader should know about those.
So celebrate your gun culture, Utah! And celebrate poverty and ultra-conservative politics, too — they all go so well together.