... they need to know what they're talking about. Case in point: Utah designating the Colt M1911 autopistol as their state handgun, due to the fact that it was designed by John Browning, a practicing Mormon and a native of Utah.
Read the comments at the above link. They're pathetic. Some people there apparently think John Browning is still alive and will somehow personally benefit from this endorsement (he's not -- he died in 1926). Some people there apparently think Browning Arms Company made the M1911 ACP (they didn't -- Browning Arms Company was formed in 1927 by Belgian arms manufacturer FN and Browning's survivors to finish the design of and manufacture the Browning Hi-Power 9mm handgun for the French and Belgian military, never sold 1911-pattern handguns, and has been owned outright by FN since 1977 when FN bought out the last of the Browning survivors).
Some people even think there's some "M1911 company" that is going to give kickbacks to the Utah legislature for designating the M1911 as their official state handgun. Uhm, who would this be? China's Norinco? Armscor, which makes them in the Philippines? PA, SA, STI, Taurus, Fusion, Caspian, Kimber, SAM? The thing was designed in *1911*, for cryin' out loud! It fell out of patent protection long ago, and can be made by anybody -- and is.
Come on, people. If you don't know what you're talking about, just keep your mouth shut when it comes to guns. It just makes you look ignorant and defeats any purpose you thought you had when you opened your mouth.
-- Badtux the Gun Penguin