Sun’s Out, Dumb’s Out

posted on July 10, 2015

When a Sebastian, Fla., mother opened her J.C. Penney circular last week, she was outraged to see a shirt she claims “advocates, glorifies gun violence.”

“I did a double-take when I saw the ad … right on the front page,” Rita Richardson told WPTV-5, pointing to a men’s tank top reading “Sun’s Out, Guns Out.”

While we have been waiting for the rain to stop so we can head to the range, you won’t find these shirts in your local outdoors store—and it’s not because they “glorify gun violence.” As most everyone knows, “guns” is slang for biceps—meaning when Channing Tatum wore a similar shirt in “22 Jump Street,” he wasn’t referring to his service pistol.

When someone informed Richardson, she doubled down, saying since the phrase might be misunderstood, “I would take it off the shelves, immediately.” Maybe Penney’s refusal to pull the shirts will prompt Richardson to shop at Target instead. Oh, wait … 

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