When a Facebook friend posted yesterday that the Indiana House had voted 78-2 to declare the Grouseland the state’s official rifle, I was sure he was joking.
Apparently, he wasn’t.
According to news reports, the House vote followed a similar wide approval (48-2) by the Senate. If Gov. Daniels signs it, Indiana will have the (dubious) distinction of being only the third state with an official gun.
Whoopee for us.
So let’s see if I can put this important piece of legislation into perspective. Lawmakers didn’t “have time” to consider legislation that would have allowed Indianapolis citizens to hold a referendum on public transportation–a critical element of economic development. But they did have time to debate the proper singing of the national anthem, consider whether Girl Scouts are secret lesbian members of Planned Parenthood, and argue about who should be able to buy specialty license plates. They couldn’t manage to agree on the terms of a smoking ban that would actually protect the public health, but they were able to be virtually unanimous in designating a state gun.
Well, that will certainly make life better for those of us who live in Indiana.
Use that gun. Kill me now.