The State Gun Of Oregon

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May 23, 2011 by David Gillaspie

Inspired by http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130575730604580900

A man with thirty-seven years in the newspaper writing business explored the idea of nominating an Oregon State gun.

He says the idea came from Arizona’s new official state gun, the  Colt single action Army revolver.

Mikel Kelly, former editor of the Lake Oswego Review and former managing editor of the Beaverton Valley Times and The Times, serving Tigard, Tualatin and Sherwood, handles special sections for Community Newspapers and contributes a regular column.

He wrote that the comments to his column, from thoughtful, to witty, to sensitive, were more than he received in 37 years of experience.  He added that the comments came from the newspaper’s website, and that often such comments were hysterical, mean, and often quite stupid.

We’ll take his word on that, since we’ve already heard from Arizona Governor Jan ‘Single Action’ Brewer when she signed the state gun bill.

For those interested, a single action pistol is different than a single shot pistol.  With one you have to reload after each shot, with the other you have to cock the hammer after each shot.  

You need to know the difference when you buy a gun. 

Double action means you can get bullets in the air with only your trigger finger.  When you pull the trigger back on the double action, it cocks the hammer and fires; with the single action you have need manually pull the hammer back.

A Colt single action Army revolver is no Fanner Fifty.

If timing is all important in public life, is five months enough time to move from mass killing by gun to enshrining a state gun? 

What are the gun laws in America?

How long did it take Virginia to nominate a state gun after the Virginia Tech shooting?  How long for Colorado after Columbine?    

Utah waited a month after the Arizona shooting to designate the Browning M1911 their state gun.

With two states carrying official state gun status, the other 48 are bound to follow.  How many will squeeze a Colt Python or Colt Anaconda into state law?  Maybe a Colt King Cobra?

Gun people know their guns, or ought to.  That’s why I suggest the Battleship Oregon guns for the Oregon state gun.  No worry about concealed carry permits here, or laws that prohibit display.  A battleship gun needs no explanation.

If you feel such a weapon would be a poor choice for state gun, consider the recommendation put forth by the eminent historian Johnny Horton in song: 

SINK THE BISMARK (sing along)

In May of nineteen forty-one the war had just begun
The Germans had the biggest ship that had the biggest guns
The Bismark was the fastest ship that ever sailed the seas
On her deck were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees

Out of the cold and foggy night came the British ship the Hood
And ‘every British seaman, he knew and understood
They had to sink the Bismark, the terror of the sea
Stop those guns as big as steers and those shells as big as trees

We’ll find that German battleship that’s makin’ such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismark ’cause the world depends on us
Hit the decks a-runnin’ boys and spin those guns around
When we find the Bismark we gotta cut her down

The Hood found the Bismark and on that fatal day
The Bismark started firin’ fifteen miles away
We gotta sink the Bismark was the battle sound
But when the smoke had cleared away
The mighty Hood went down

For six long days and weary nights they tried to find her trail
Churchill told the people “Put ev’ry ship a-sail”
‘Cause somewhere on that ocean I know she’s gotta be
We gotta sink the Bismark to the bottom of the sea

We’ll find that German battleship that’s makin’ such a fuss
We gotta sink the Bismark ’cause the world depends on us
Hit the decks a-runnin’ boys and spin those guns around
When we find the Bismark we gotta cut her down

The fog was gone on the seventh day and they saw the mornin’ sun
Ten hours away from homeland the Bismark made its run
The admiral of the British fleet said “Turn those bows around”
We found that German battleship and we’re gonna cut her down

The British guns were aimed and the shells were comin’ fast
The first shell hit the Bismark, they knew she couldn’t last
That mighty German battleship is just a memory
“Sink the Bismark” was the battle cry that shook the seven seas

We found that German battleship was makin’ such a fuss
We had to sink the Bismark ’cause the world depends on us
We hit the decks a-runnin’ and we spun those guns around
Yeah, we found the mighty Bismark and then we cut her down

(by Johnny Horton and Tilman Franks)

By David Gillaspie

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2 thoughts on “The State Gun Of Oregon

  1. kshawnedgar says:

    Entertaining depth, that’s refreshing. Good story. I worked with Mikel Kelly as a freelance writer. He is a capital man and writer.

    • deegeesbb says:

      So tell me, did you sing along with Sink The Bismark? Thanks for dropping in. I’ll be doing the same. We can do some blog-talk.

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