Did you know that if we took all of the guns in America, put them in a pile, and distributed them to everyone that there would be guns left over after you gave a gun to each American citizen. That’s nuts! America certainly is gun crazy, but that’s not a bad thing. All of these gun owners don’t fit in the same mold, either. They are all different kinds of people, and for all of these people there are different kinds of cool gun gear.

A very large percentage of gun owners do not buy guns for self defense or for hunting. These guys buy guns merely because it is their unique American right to do so. They have large, varied collections and wear great gun tee shirts that politically defend their rights to gun ownership. These people can be quite aggressive about their right, and can be a real pain whenever guns are mentioned around them in any capacity.

If you want to see some real gun activists, look to the American South. The southern people are all extremely into the guns they own, and out of all of the other gun owner stereotypes, these people actually use the guns they love like the tools they were meant to be. The awesome gun tshirts they wear reflect their love of hunting typically, and their guns are all utilitarian rifles and shotguns.

There exist another type of gun owner who look to guns for their tactical purposes. These are all civil police servants and veterans of the military. After learning how to use guns to kill, they feel more comfortable wearing them all the time. The guns they have are all of near-military application and they wear patriotic gun apparel featuring the AR-15s and MP-5 guns they prefer so much.

Lastly, we have a group of gun owners which may, or may not, give the rest of them a bit of a bad reputation. These are the gun owners who are buying tons of ammunition, stocking up on serviceable shotguns and rifles, and hoarding food and water. These are the people who are sure the end of the world is neigh, and they are determined to survive it. They have cool gun tshirts that warn against apocalypse and disaster.

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Every year when I go out for Saint Patrick’s Day I see these insane people, who I doubt are even full-blooded Irish, wearing the most outlandish garb I’ve ever seen outside of Mardi Gras. I wear my required green, but I’ve never been into wearing funny Irish drinking t-shirts…until I tried it once.

I have a lot of fun on Saint Patrick’s Day by going out and partying hard, just like most everyone else. I have an Irish grandparent on both sides of my family, so there quite a bit of Irish pride flowing through my veins. That’s part of the reason I always thought dressing up in the costumes and Irish party tees was a bit disrespectful.

One of my friends managed to get me drunk enough before we headed to the bar last year to put on one of his silly Irish shirts. Even though I was totally smashed before we ever set foot out of the door, I was already determined that this whole t-shirt business was a terrible idea.

I am very pleased to say, however, that wearing hilarious Irish t shirts to the bar on Saint Patrick’s Day makes everything so much more fun! There is a sense of camaraderie that you feel when you throw yourself head-first into a celebration like that, let go of your inhibitions, and let yourself have an awesome time. I had so many drinks bought for me that I probably should have just packed it up and went home way sooner than I did.

Coming from the viewpoint of someone who has never approved of crazy costumes and acting silly just for the sake of showing everyone around you how enthusiastic you are, I have to admit that celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day with great Irish t-shirts makes everything so much better and SO much drunker! If you haven’t found your green yet, I suggest you jump on the Internet and start looking now!

If you’re going to be out in the world wearing funny t-shirts and making people laugh with just your mere presence, then you really need to take a hard look at the types of shirts you’re wearing before you drag them out in public. T-shirts are not the same as spoken words. You can pick and choose who you speak your words to, but you can’t monitor who is looking at your shirt.

The first thing you need to consider before wearing funny shirts out in the wide world is the level of stupidity your shirt implies about you. There are some pretty stupid shirts out there that may seem cute and charming at first glace, but that are actually just dumb. Shirts that feature crushed beer cans, girls in bikinis, or both come to mind. Remember that whatever your shirt says, it says about you.

The second thing you should be aware of is the language your funny tees use. There are pretty much three levels of curse words, and I think we all know what they are without me listing them here. The tamest level are words that you can hear on Network television, the medium level are words that can be in a PG-13 movie, and the harshest level would give your movie a hard “R” rating. If you are going to be anywhere that kids may even remotely be, then play it safe and don’t wear anything that you wouldn’t see on prime-time T.V.

The last thing to consider before choosing what to wear from your funny tee shirts is the imagery on your shirt. There are lots of shirts out there that have some pretty strong sexual overtones on the design of the shirt. These images are in no way acceptable to wear in public, so just don’t do it. Be thoughtful of any family groups you may encounter. Would you want your kids seeing that at the supermarket?

The best thing to do is to just be aware of your surroundings. Your funny apparel needs to be appropriate to what you’re doing and where you’d be going. If you’re going to a bar for drinks with friends, then it’s okay to where your shirts that may be a little bit raunchy. A bar is a setting for adults, and you can dress appropriately. If you’re going to the park to grill out…then maybe leave the clothes with the dirty words on them behind, okay?

For more information about funny t-shirts check out Matt’s pick for the best cool shirts on the web.

Meeting people isn’t easy for anyone. We all have problems making a connection and engaging a stranger for more than a few short moments. You never know when your next great friend is walking by, so it can be difficult to know who to engage and who to let walk on by. When you wear funny t-shirts, however, you no longer have to make that decision.

When you throw one of these funny t-shirts onto your back, you have a duel affect on people who see and read it. It can draw people towards you and push people back with equal force. The good news is that the people it draws in are likely the ones you wanted to speak to anyway, and the people it pushes away are very likely not.

Humor is an instant bond between two people. The great thing about humor is that it is extremely subjective. There are many people who will completely shun some jokes while laughing to tears at others. Because of this, it is typical that a commonality in humor means a commonality in other areas. People who find certain things funny are very likely to enjoy the company of others who find the same things funny. It’s a simple law of attraction.

The shirt you’re wearing can also serve as a means of pushing away the people you wouldn’t really care to talk with anyway. The great thing about wearing funny t-shirts is that you are also wearing a piece of your own personality on your chest. You are broadcasting enough of yourself that others can get a small sample of what you’re like. If they dig it, you can make a new friend. If they don’t, then you really didn’t want to hang out with that person anyway.

Your sense of humor is one thing that makes you who you really are. When you put on your funny t-shirts, you are effortlessly retelling a joke that you love to everyone who can see it. The people who laugh are the kind of people you want around you and the people who don’t are not the kind of people you want to spend time with. Funny t-shirts make the introduction much smoother. With a funny t-shirt, you know who your friends are before you ever know their name.

If you were to ask me what it is that makes a funny t-shirt, my answer would be pretty simple. Does the t-shirt make people laugh? Bingo, you’ve got a funny t-shirt on your hands. However, if you were to ask me what makes a great funny t-shirt then my answer would be slightly different. We’ve already established that the t-shirt makes people laugh, but does the t-shirt say something? I know the stupid thing has words on it, but does it deal with social issues? Does it make the viewer laugh…and then think?

That’s exactly what our t-shirt of the month does. This t-shirt is titled, “Don’t Shoot Officer, I’m White” and can be found here for purchase at a website called http://www.foulmouthshirts.com. These guys are notorious for pushing the envelope, even when it isn’t in their best interest to do so. They make offensive and funny t-shirts no matter whose feathers they decide to ruffle, and I have crazy amounts of respect for them because of that.

This t-shirt they released is no exception. It does everything a great funny t-shirt should because it invokes an immediate laugh and then the social commentary of the shirt sinks in and you realize that there is something much deeper going on here. There is a social stigma that the police profile blacks over whites when it comes to enforcing the law, and this t-shirt throws that stigma in the face of anyone who sees it. This shirt tells us that it shouldn’t be normal for the black population of America to be looked at with any more disdain than any other race. Making a joke out of the issue lessens the impact of such a statement so that it is much easier to take. If the medicine is taken with a smile, it tastes a lot less bitter going down.

The design is spare and the use of color quite absent. I think this aids in the deliver of the joke because the viewer doesn’t get too distracted by flashy print or bright colors. The words are given with a starkness that emphasizes the severity of the message.

Because this t-shirt has gotten me involved with some really excellent conversation with complete strangers, the daring nature of this t-shirt, and the fact that it’s gotten a belly laugh every time I’ve worn it out in public; this t-shirt is getting honored with the T-Shirt of the Week Award from me…as if anything I think or write really matters that much. YET!

Don't Shoot Officer!

Don't Shoot Officer, I'm White!