A Colorado entrepreneur has created a T-shirt that seems to be a hit, generating orders from Italy, from soldiers in Afghanistan and others.
But the shirt comes with a warning from the maker: Obey immediately any police officer who reacts to it, or there may be consequences. Like death.
The shirt bears the two-dimensional image of a shoulder strap and a gun in a holster, making it appear as if the wearer is carrying a firearm.
A report from CBS Channel 4 in Denver says it’s the work by Nitelife Billiards owner Paul Liebe.
A great conversation starter and a statement on gun rights is how the Grand Junction man described his idea to the station.
“Freedom of speech, it’s your right, and it just has a little kick on the side,” Liebe told CBS4.
The shirt started out as a gift for a few folks around town, but orders started coming in. Now there are requests from around the world.
And while he believes in letting people know of his support for gun rights, he told CBS4 he’s also careful.
“Don’t put your hand on the shirt on the gun,” he said.
And he includes a warning with the shirts: “Law enforcement officers may overreact to your shirt.”
He points out it “looks like a real gun, at a short distance.”
Confronted, a wearer should, “Be responsible, obey all orders. … halt, stop, freeze, immediately.”
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Commenters on the station’s website pointed out that one could carry a real gun instead.
“You can do that you know,” said Roger Lawhorn.
“Anyone that wears this as a self defense item is a moron,” wrote JP2012.
Cal said: “You know, I am a strong 2nd Amendment supporter, so I appreciate people doing what they can to support the right to keep and bear arms. That said, this is a good example of the principle of ‘Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.’”
“Strikes me as something akin to wearing an antler hat in the woods during deer season,” said flyovermark.
“It’s a shirt, it’s no big deal. Very few people will be fooled by it,” wrote John C.
And richard mcenroe said: “This idiot WILL get someone equally stupid killed. The only upside is, hopefully they will not have reproduced before Darwin’s Law kicks in.”
“Just carry a real gun. Open carry is legal in most of Colorado – excepting the People’s Republic of Denver/Boulder,” said Nathan Bedford Forrest.
T-shirt comes with warning to obey cops
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 17:19:01 GMT