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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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!