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Re: “More bright ideas from Trent Garner: Veneration for the shotgun and Bowie knife

I'm not an Arkansawyer, but I'm working on a book about symbols of the 50 states (Geobop's State Symbols) and am a bit shocked by the sudden interest in official weapons. Seriously?

A case could be made for the Bowie knife; it does have a historic association with the state. But so do lots of other things that could be adopted instead.

Besides, the Bowie knife is already commemorated in Arkansas' nicknames, which include Bowie State and Toothpick State. I've written about Jim Bowie in my book.

An official shotgun wouldn't be as nauseating as Tennessee's official sniper rifle, but what's the point? I don't hate shotguns; I hunted with shotguns when I was a kid and used shotguns loaded with slugs for protection from bears when I worked in Alaska. But I don't see the point in designating official weapons, especially when many states have too many symbols as it is.

On a humorous note, Texas has more symbols than any other state - over 70. Some clown recently attempted to designate the CANNON as the Lone Star State's official firearm. They also wanted to adopt an official knife - in fact, I think it may have been the Bowie knife.

Let Texans make fools of themselves; Arkansas should focus on its image as the Natural State.

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Posted by David Blomstrom on 08/16/2017 at 8:51 PM

 

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