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Small businesses, we are told, are the engine of our economy, the soul of capitalism, the American dream itself realized, workshops of imagination from whence spring innovation and dynamism like sweat from a (non-migrant) farmer’s sun-beaten brow. So it was with a sense of pride and giddy anticipation that we read that the owner of a small Colorado billiards supply store had decided to branch out into fashion. Then we saw what his mind had wrought. Gun shirts. Shirts that make it look like you’re carrying a gun.

A Colorado business owner is selling T-shirts that show a realistic-looking holstered gun strapped to the wearer’s side.

Paul Liebe, who owns Nitelife Billiards, describes his “open carry” T-shirts and polo shirts as conversation starters that are also intended to irritate liberals.

“Freedom of speech, it’s your right, and it just has a little kick on the side,” Liebe said.

A Facebook page set up to promote the shirts promises they are sure to “drive anti-gun nuts crazy.”

We’re honestly not sure what “conversation” this is supposed to start. (So, uh, your shirt makes it look like you’re wearing a gun in a shoulder holster. Yeah! Why? Freedom of speech! I can wear whatever I want!  OK.)

Liebe says that the shirts are so realistic that police officers might believe that they are actual guns from a short distance, and so he feels compelled to issue them with a warning: don’t put your hand on the gun, because police officers might think it’s real.

Obviously this could be purely a marketing gimmick (“Doctors HATE this one weird trick”). But we can only imagine what would happen if a black shopkeeper from a major city attempted to pull this stunt. The lamenting of the “culture of violence” that prevails among black youth, the “lack of respect for authority” that would motivate them to wear shirts that might frighten the brave men and women of law enforcement. Gangs. Rap music. Fatherlessness. While black children in America are inculcated with a careful finessed blend of etiquette and strategy to keep them alive around police, grown white men can feel comfortable and proud openly courting police attention for no reason other than the satisfaction of their own egos. There’s nothing wrong or criminal about these shirts, just like there was nothing wrong or criminal about Tamir Rice playing with a toy gun in the park. But he’s dead. As for Liebe’s customers like the ladies above in their pink shirts?

Liebe said he has not heard of anyone wearing one of his shirts having a negative experience with law enforcement.

Must be nice.

[Rawstory]

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  • actor212

    What does it say about a movement when one of its stated aims is to piss off people who disagree with it?

    Thank you, Ammosexuals. I revel in your discomfort and frustration.

    • Lizzietish81

      It’s one big trolling fest.

      eta: Meanwhile I piss them off simply by existing.

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      I would call them “contrarians,” but for the most part they are not intelligent enough to rise to that definition.

  • I know I’m asking the obvious question here, but can I get a black shirt with a pink gun?

    • OneYieldRegular

      Pink is the new *BLAM*

      • Mary Sandoras

        I think pink is more of a *pew, pew*.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Don’t you normally keep your pink pistol in your pants?

  • Pierre_de_Fermat

    I think this goes along with the obsession with being “persecuted” so many of these nuts have. That may originate with the (probably correct) view that they are being laughed at. Which seems to disturb them. Because, freedom.

  • Toomush_Infer

    Okay, but how about my penis shirt?….

    • Tansy Geek

      Is it a shirt for your penis? Cuz that would be ok. Maybe a little uncomfortable in tight pants though.

      • House0fTheBlueLights

        What goes in the little arm holes?

        • OneYieldRegular

          D’oh! The little arms, of course! Wait, the rest of you guys don’t have lit-…um…uh…never mind.

          • HarryButtle

            Sounds like you’ve got a monster in your pants.

        • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

          I’m more concerned about what come out of them.

        • Tansy Geek

          They’re for show. Unless you braid your pubes. Can I type that in the new comments?

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      Quick, put out a line of trousers. Call them Meat Loafers.

    • MsAnthropesMr

      Turtleneck would be more appropriate.

      • Dudleydidwrong

        Sold in the US Senate t-shirt and memento-mug store. Autographed by The Turtle available at additional cost. Several weapon designs available but in only one color–yellow.

    • FlownOver

      The “gaping chest wound” t-shirt may be the only effective countermeasure.

    • Gleem-McShinez

      If you’ve got your penis shirted, don’t forget to jacket.

  • Lizzietish81
  • Monsieur_Grumpe

    You know what else is tres fashionable? A tee
    shirt with concentric circles with alternating colors on the back and front.
    You’ll be the center of attention.

    • mtn_philosoph

      Oh come on, where’s the snark appeal in that?

    • Gleem-McShinez

      Or how about featuring a big surveyor’s mark? Special edition signed by Palin? So many grifttortunities.

  • Also, too… Do they have a bra holster design? I’m asking for a friend (who is me in a fake moustache.)

    • HarryButtle

      You’ll shoot your eye out!

  • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

    I guess we’ll be in need of T-shirts that look like body armor…

  • cousin itt

    I’m not pissed off; I just think the shirts are dumb.

    • MsAnthropesMr

      Don’t forget ugly.

      • FlownOver

        Dumb, right-wing and ugly is no way to go through life.

  • Tallmutha

    You know, if I were selling a shirt that made me feel I needed in good conscience to warn my customers not to put their hand in a certain place lest they get blown to bits by a cop, I might just reconsider whether selling it was the best idea in the first place.

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      I actually love the idea. Darwin’s little helper…

      • ahughes798

        Darwin’s little sniper..

  • MrCanoehead

    But what about white-on-white violence? Isn’t that the real issue?

    • Thatsit Fortheotherwon

      Racist.

  • mtn_philosoph

    Paul Liebe, who owns Nitelife Billiards, describes his “open carry” T-shirts and polo shirts as conversation starters that are also intended to irritate liberals.

    Quite the contrary. I predict that these shirts will become the latest ironic clothing fad among liberals and hipsters. What a great way to visually mock the whole “open carry” thing than by packing pictures of guns printed on your clothing instead toting around the real thing? After all, carrying a gun only gives the bearer the illusion of security, so why not dial up the absurdity to 11 by going about in public while wearing something that is only an illusion of a gun? The wearer can therefore rightly state that his or her screen-printed shirt provides exactly the same amount of personal security as heavy three dimensional guns do. And they can be easily obtained without submitting to a background check, just like how many actual guns are obtained. What a hoot! This is going to be fun!

    • MsAnthropesMr

      Too much logic.

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      Go all the way and get an upper body tattoo that creates the illusion of wearing a shirt.

  • Soetoro Marx

    Remember back in the heyday of the 0-something years, when the wingnuts were touting that the main virtue of Dubya and Palin and the like was their ability to “drive liberals crazy”? Same story here.

    That’s the only requirement for a quality product, obviously.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      It’s not so much the crazy-driving as it is the dents in my wall where I keep banging my head in despair.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    There is a hidden irony in this photo. The “bumper sculpture” behind these idiots is by artist John Kearney, a lifelong activist for gun control, winner of many awards for this work, and creator of an annual sculpture made from melted- down guns. He would be appalled at these young women posing in front of one of his works.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Here’s what Jack’s son just texted me: “He
      would want to take scissors & cut off the firing pins. Then show
      scull & crossbone bullets breaking big hearts stenciled on the rest
      of the shirt.”

      • zerosumgame0005

        which makes the ad I saw on here one morning trying to sell full-auto firing pins for M-16’s a real puzzle…

    • Mehmeisterjr

      I’m sure the location was chosen as a calculated insult.

      I feel sorry for the two girls. Too old for Ted Nugent, too young for Roger Ailes.

  • texasace00

    I have to admit, as stupid as these people are, they still manage to take dumb to a new level everyday. Growing up in Philly, if I wore that shirt, ummm, no I would never wear that shirt because its fucking stupid and pointless

  • Logic of Color

    There’s a local radio conservative screamer in my area whose claim is that he “drives liberals crazy”. All he does is make me sad.

    • JohnBull

      I feel even more sorry for his poor wife.

  • cheetojeebus

    Does it say “Dumb Ass” on the back? Or for those into the whole brevity thing perhaps “Idiot”?

    • illuminatus

      Well, they’ll get sued if it says “Juicy” across the back, so maybe “Exit Wound”? Or, “Future Darwin Award Winner”? Yeah, I’m going with that one.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    “Anti-gun nut.” I so hope that becomes their favorite pejorative. Don’t like guns? Afraid they might hurt someone? What kind of crazy nut are you?!?!?!

    Geez, some of these nutty anti-gun nuts are such nutters they act like they’ve lost friends and/or family to gun violence or something. What is wrong with them huh? I certainly haven’t heard of anyone having a negative experience with guns. Amirite fellas?

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      I like how they work the phrase “gun nut” in there. I am, actually, anti-gun nut, but in the sense that I am against gun nuts, not in the way that he means.

    • ahughes798

      If only gun nuts were like truck nutz….tie them to your trailer hitch and take off. With votes, of course.

  • MrBlobfish

    Anyone marketing a Rollin’ Coal line of clothing yet?

  • JohnBull

    At least these T-shirts can’t shoot these ladies in the tits and blame Obama for it.

  • OneYieldRegular

    Irritating liberals? Is that like a hobby or something?

    • Mehmeisterjr

      Yeah, you can get the Chinese-made supplies at Hobby Lobby.

    • TundraGrifter

      It’s only fair because reality irritates the Hell out of “conservatives.”

    • HarryButtle

      Ugarte: You despise me, don’t you, Rick?
      Rick: I suppose I would if I gave you any thought.

      • bobbert

        Really, the best put-down ever.

  • Dudleydidwrong

    For blahs the shirts are sold only in pairs. One is for daily wearing and the other is to be kept for the burial.

  • Mehmeisterjr

    “…They are sure to ‘drive anti-gun nuts crazy.’

    They are sure to cause anti gun-nuts to shrug their shoulders.

    FIFY

    • SuspectedDemocrat

      They are sure to make anti-gun nuts curious about who is wearing that shirt right now.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Guns are expensive (in many ways), dangerous (accidents happen), and boring. I mean boring. If you’re at a party you want to avoid car people who talk about cars, but gun people? Guns are such simple devices if you try to talk guns at a party you run out of things to say in about five minutes. Anyone want to hear my old target range story again?

    • JohnBull

      The conversation about guns invariably leads to a conversation about Obama and FEMA camps and how places like Hong Kong and Tokyo are crime-ridden cesspools because nobody’s armed. That can get these guys going for hours.

  • Ikimizi

    Isn’t this shirt just announcing to the world that you’re not really carrying a gun?

    • Gleem-McShinez

      HA HA GUN GRABBIN LIBTARD! IT’S JUST A RUSE, I’VE GOT MY REAL GUN RIGHT HERE IN MY BRA HOLST–

  • TundraGrifter

    Remember when horror movie ads on the radio said they were so scary “A nurse will be on duty in the lobby?”

    • Arcturus

      Yes I do… always loved that.

  • Mahousu

    Ugly t-shirts – are there any problems they can’t solve?
    Oh, wait, I meant, are there any problems they can solve?

  • Toomush_Infer

    You know, Stand Your T-Shirt might be a little more difficult…

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    More irony– the buffalo is a quintessential symbol of the misuse of firearms.

  • weejee

    Must be nice

    If Liebe caught lice of the sabre-toothed crotch cricket variety. From his wife, too, also.

  • Sam Hain

    As much as these Ammosexuals would love to believe that cops ONLY murder unarmed brown people, there are enough examples otherwise to make these Darwin Awards shirts.

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    Those are some ugly shirts.

  • SuspectedDemocrat

    Talk about embarrassing. He made his daughter and her friend wear the dumbest shirts ever, and they had to stand there and pose if they wanted money for a movie.

  • Mary Sandoras

    I’m waiting for their Ghazi fashion line to enter the market. The tin foil hat logo will be embroidered on all the clothing, and their camouflage prom dresses will be ready by graduation.

    • MrBlobfish

      What the well-dressed Palin will be wearing this spring.

  • also intended to irritate liberals.

    Because irritating conservatives is a good way to get shot.

  • Arcturus

    It seems that a good chunk of right-wing energy goes specifically toward “irritating liberals.” That also seems to be one of the main guides of their moral compass and also a source of getting their rocks off. Does that seem like a trait of a higher-functioning animal or some kind of recessive sub-species?

    • Blank Ron

      This is the easiest test I have ever taken…

    • BeliTsari

      Maybe: brain hats with righteous frontal lobes, shorts with normal genitalia… any shirt NOT 3XL?

  • Arcturus

    So what would the liberal counter-shirt be? A t-shirt with a bunch of text books printed under the sleeve so it looked like you were learning something? That would really piss off the conservatives amiright?

  • AntiDerpomeme

    Pretty much the same fashion statement as this t-shirt:

  • say wha

    OOOOhhhhhhh!!!!! I am so IRRITATED NOW!!!!!!!1!11!!!

  • Anthony Blanche

    Maybe we’ll see an all-Amurican, gun-totin’ yahoo shoot somebody who’s wearing one of these shirts, because the shirt-wearer accidentally forgot and scratched left side of body with right hand.

  • Biff52

    Bra holster t-shirt or GTFO!

  • Dylan Black

    I’m really unclear on why this would irritate liberals, wouldn’t we PREFER that these jackasses advertise themselves this blatantly, so we know who to avoid interacting with? On my personal list of “things other humans can do to really irritate me”, wearing ANY kind of insensitive or inflammatory messaging on your t-shirt or car bumper is pretty low.

    Now, cut me off in a super dangerous way when we’re both moving at 70+ MPH, that is a different discussion, but I’ll be just as pissed if you have a coexist sticker as a don’t tread on me flag :P

  • Biff52

    This shirt, just like a real gun, is liable to get your ass shot more often than not.

  • JohnBull

    Wait a minute. I thought it was US and our Divider in Chief who are dividing Merica.

  • HarryButtle

    It also has the obligatory “STUPID” printed on the front with an arrow pointing up, right?

  • Noxious1

    Such asshattery doesn’t “irritate liberals”, it just makes us point & laugh.

    Wait until the first person shot tries to sue him.

  • Gleem-McShinez

    This shirt doesn’t irritate me, at all, gun-loon.

    I mean, nobody’s going to get accidentally murder-killed by your shirt falling on the ground, or if your kids decide to show it off to their friends.

    If anything, it makes me sad that the gun-nuts actually notice that the SHIRT increases their risk of getting shot, while ignoring how the ownership of their real guns do this, but with more deadly consequences.

  • Blank Ron

    If I wore one of those shirts (and believe me, pink is so my colour!) it’d look like I was carrying a Desert Eagle in that holster, and I don’t need to overcompensate THAT much…

  • Magic Juan

    …unless they have a death wish!

  • Virginia Dreaming

    These tee-shirts are just good clean fun. Now, if they were hoodies, that would be a different story!

  • Paperless Tiger

    … intended to irritate liberals.

    Do you have that in a hoodie, bro?

  • Ed Hamilton

    Apparently it works.

  • Reaper

    Tamir Rice WAS NOT playing with a toy gun. He was POINTING IT A NUMEROUS PEOPLE in attempt to startle them. This is FACT thar was proven in court. Several people testified that he had POINTED IT AT THEM to cause fear, nothing. What happened to Rice was unfortunate, but shows how poorly his parents watched over him. How poorly they raised him. One must be RESPONSIBLE for your decisions and accept those of your parents.

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