To Joke, or not to Joke... That is the Question!


July 24, 2004, 08:48 AM
Maybe I'm just too laid back, but I've noticed a few threads lately where someone made a comment regarding guns in jest and then was basically lectured about how important firearm safety is and how their comment was inappropriate. Personally, I think it's perfectly ok to make some jokes about firearms. Like anything, some jokes are just in bad taste, but are all gun jokes in bad taste? What do you think?

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July 24, 2004, 09:34 AM
Jokes are usually a good thing.

The problem,as I see it,is that emotions aren't really displayed well in a quick bit of text.Smilies can only do so much.

Also,you choose who to talk to in the real world.You don't have a choice who will read what you type here.

Us grumps are everywhere. :D

buy guns
July 24, 2004, 09:36 AM
its no fun to live life being serious about everything.

Mal H
July 24, 2004, 09:43 AM
I agree with both of the above.

Of course, firearms safety is no joking matter. On the other hand, some firearms themselves are real jokes. What's the name of that French machine gun with the half-moon magazine/dirt catcher? ;)

4v50 Gary
July 24, 2004, 09:50 AM
I think it's OK to joke about firearms, but not "important" to do so as the poll asks. As far as handling of firearms, it should not be used to joke with.

July 24, 2004, 09:59 AM
You just need to use some good judgement. A joke ABOUT firearms which may be very funny to another shooter may be misinterpreted - perhaps deliberately - by one of the Commie Mommies or Brady Bunch.

And as for jokes WITH firearms . . . there are only a very few situations where such are appropriate, and NEVER when safety is compromised. (The Four Rules must never be broken, even in jest.)

Examples of jokes I've seen involving firearms which were OK:

Substituting a solid rubber "clay pigeon" in a trap machine, for that "special" shooter.

Pre-loading a shotgun with a "full flash" blank, again for that "special" shooter.

July 24, 2004, 10:19 AM
It is difficult to express context in type, even with smilies. Safety is serious, and keeps us all safe , with all our parts and breathing. We do have folks that reference this site ( and other firearm sites) and safety is a big part of responsible firearm ownerhip.

One has to laugh at one's self, part of being human. Sometimes it does relieve some pent up "life stuff" - we all need it. We members are friends and I see nothing wrong with poking fun at one another - might be good to note " my friend" or my buddy" for clarification for those that don't know.

I have loaded up moon pies in trap machines, I have been the recipient of the rubber clay ...and my head came plum off the stock of my shotgun on low 8...I needed a shell...and this good buddy of mine ( now passed) tossed me one of his...oh I broke the target...I just did it with a 2 oz "Turkey Load" of # 7.5 shot. A "rite of passage" I was not privy to. His little way of welcoming someone to the 200 straight "club". He had low brass shells he reloaded for this " special rite of passage". Paybacks are hell tho'....:D

Nathaniel Firethorn
July 24, 2004, 10:24 AM
1. All humor is forbidden.

2. Don't violate safety rules, ever.

3. The penalty for violating one of the above statements is death.

4. The penalty for violating the other of the first two statements above is getting flamed on a gun board.

5. It's up to you to decide which is which.

6. These rules will be enforced by Father Darwin.

By Order
Tarquin Fintimlinbinwhinbimlimbus
Director, Department of Firearms Humor

J Miller
July 24, 2004, 11:22 AM
NUTS! I clicked on the wrong choice :banghead: .

Some jokes are fine, and I can enjoy them. But sometimes I find something I just can't take, and I get real intense about it. Then I get reamed out for saying it the way I feel. Oh well, nothing I can do about it.

LOL, ROFLMAO, HaHa, Bwahahahahahaha, ect, so forth and so on.

I think I'll go and take another look at the cop with the shotgun stuck up his a**. :D


El Tejon
July 24, 2004, 11:41 AM

Jokes about guns? Sure. Jokes with guns (horseplay, "rubber snakes")? No way. Jokes that contradict safety? No way, gives bad impression.

July 24, 2004, 11:47 AM
I have no problem with jokes. If it's in bad taste, I use the mouse to get me to a thread I'd rather read.

That being said, I'm convinced that the internet is the ABSOLUTE worst place to communicate.


July 24, 2004, 12:24 PM
Firearms can be a hobby as well as being a serious defense tool.

There is plenty of room for joking about guns and shooting. The time and place is what matters, just the same as humor in any other area of life.

July 24, 2004, 02:08 PM
A sense of humor is the best preventative for lower g.i. disorders. There's nothing wrong with joking around about guns. As pointed out by another poster, joking around with guns is another matter altogether. I have, however, made note of the rubber clay bird idea :D

Written communication, absent body langauge and inflection, will always have the potential to generate a degree of misunderstanding. 'Emoticons' don't work well as a replacement.

In fact, clear english text doesn't work well as a replacement.

Netizens occasionally exhibit a remarkable capacity for reading stuff that isn't there and missing stuff that is. Some also believe themselves gifted with clairvoyance, thus allowing them to discern, for example, if a poster "really means it" when stating that he's joking. I do not claim any special exemption from these phenomena for myself - thus the low post count ;)

Joke away.

July 24, 2004, 02:25 PM
other: there are two and only two people i joke about guns with. one is a first cousin, the other is one of those second cousin, twice removed, by marriage kind of things. one i've known all my life, the other about 12 years. they are both shooting buddies and two of the very few people i trust to be around me with a loaded gun. both know me well enough to understand my cynical and sarcastic sense of humor and so don't interpret my jokes the wrong way. anyone else is serious only, unfortunately. the last thing i need os for some gung-ho rambo schmoe to hold me at gun point, or worse, because he didn't get my joke.

of course i'll joke with people on these goofy internet message board things because most of you aren't within range. :neener:


July 24, 2004, 02:27 PM
To joke, obviously. :)

joe sixpack
July 24, 2004, 05:35 PM
I also selected the wrong choice.

Anyways, humor - joking can be fun and totally appropriate
in many instances, I'm just not able to define exactly when to
jest and when to not.
I'm one who when finding a thread about the lost pet or latest
idiot who lights himself afire,
have an initial response which upon further evaluation decide not
to post, saving you all from my lack of tact and taste.

In that I've never been called on the ones I do post, either people find them funny and choose not to respond, people do not find it funny and choose not to respond meaning perhaps that I'm a comedian in my own mind.
In any case I'm surely not alone...

cheers, ab

July 24, 2004, 05:48 PM
"What do you call a man with a Colt revolver in a Bianchi holster?"

Practically unarmed.Is acceptable, although perhaps not appreciated.

On the other hand, my honored father, in one of those youthful gestures of 'humor' loaded a friend's (acquaintance's?) shotgun unbeknown to the victim.

In his own fit of ill-advised action, the victim of the joke did not examine the shotgun and cranked both barrels off into the ceiling, inside the house.

No one was injured, but I hold that to be unacceptable as a joke.

Standing Wolf
July 24, 2004, 05:55 PM
If you hold your finger tightly over the muzzle, the bullet won't come out.

R.H. Lee
July 24, 2004, 05:58 PM
A healthy sense of humor is a sign of intelligence.

July 24, 2004, 06:19 PM
I once had a close friend point a .41 magnum at my chest and pull the trigger, then start grinning. Needless to say, I have not spoken to him in 15 years. Not funny.

Then there's the time my best friend came out to go do a little plinking dressed in BDU's that were too small for his son. I thought he was serious. Imagine a man wearing a bdu shirt with the buttons bulging and half his belly hanging out, the cuffs of his pants up to his knees, his fly unbuttoned, wearing shower sandals and a great big sombrero with holes in it, and a Savage bolt .22 over his shoulder. He mumbled something about clothes being in the wash. He let it go for a few minutes ( he enjoyed watching me trying to stay composed) and then went back in and changed, much to my relief. (Also the same guy who liked to dump a five gallon bucket of ice water over the shower curtain onto someone taking a shower).

I am with George Carlin, you can make jokes about anything as long as they are in context, and don't threaten anyone's safety.

July 24, 2004, 06:55 PM
You joke about the firearm, but the firearm is no joke. It's when it gets treated as a toy when disaster can raise it's ugly head.

July 24, 2004, 07:14 PM

Jeff Timm
July 24, 2004, 07:54 PM
I'll go along with the Joke about, Never Joke With, opinion.

Who remembers the classic, "She pointed a pair of 38's at me, but I was more concered about the .32 in her right hand."

July 24, 2004, 11:23 PM

Joke about, but never joke with.

And there are some jokes about I'll make only in an all-gun-nut crowd, because people outside the gun cultured wouldn't understand as it was meant.

(I.e., I will, and have, worn a t-shirt in public that said "Member: Gun-of-the-Month-Club. I can't wait until next month!"

But the above "First Rule of Gun Safety" can be properly understood, IMO, only by those who know what the first rule of gun safety is. I'd not wear that in public.

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