Gut Rumbles

April 11, 2005

a mexican standoff

I watched a couple of movies today, and TWICE I saw a scene where both guys whip out guns and point them at each other. Nobody fires. It's one of those ridiculous "Mexican stand-offs" where they do a lot of talking and no shooting.

Whoever thought up that idea needs to have a "Mexican standoff" with ME. One of us won't be standing very long.

I will never point a gun at anyone unless I have every intention of shooting the sumbitch. And if he shows me a gun of his own, I intend to shoot first. That's all plain and simple logic to a Kentucky hillbilly. As Tuco once said, "If you're going to shoot... SHOOT, don't talk.

Movies. You can learn some idiotic shit watching those things.


OTOH, there's the Hong Kong Rule from "Escape From LA". That might come in handy someday...

Posted by: John Stephens on April 11, 2005 07:01 PM

Blame John Woo. He directed Chow Yung Fat in movies where this scene takes place, and then exported it to the U.S. so that both John Travolta in Face Off and Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible 7 could do the same thing. Now it's everywhere.

Say, could it be a Scientology thing?

Posted by: Mark Alexander on April 11, 2005 07:03 PM

that's one of the classic evil genius blunders.

Posted by: caltechgirl on April 11, 2005 07:09 PM

Then there's those scenes (think Matrix) where they've got some wise-ass dual-fisting a pair of Mac-10s or similar, and landing pretty much all the shots home. Now, I'm no expert on guns in relation to physics, but it would seem logical that firing a machine pistol on full automatic from just one hand would result in the gun pointing towards the ceiling before the guy holding it could let his finger off the trigger. Apparently movies have ten times less firearm recoil than the real world does.

Posted by: JG22 on April 11, 2005 08:21 PM

If you don't aim to kill,...don't aim at all!

Posted by: Bob in the hills on April 11, 2005 09:26 PM

That's also a major pet pieve of mine when I watch a movie. Drives the Mrs. crazy, me yelling "Shoot the S.O.B. already".

Band of Brothers, now that's how it's done!

Posted by: JimA on April 11, 2005 11:50 PM

My idea of gun control is hitting the intended target, every fucking time.

The scariest thing I've ever seen is a cop, at our local gun range, in uniform, with his "service revolver" or Glock that couldn't hit the side of a barn let alone the ten ring. For every bullet in the black, there would be one on the paper or on the backstop.

Scary stuff...where is Matt Dillon when you need him?

Posted by: Virgil on April 12, 2005 02:00 AM

It also slays me in the scenes where A is holding a gun on B and stands withing arm's distance of B so as to permit B to smack the gun away.

Memo to "A": Move the hell back. Bullets travel farther than two feet.

Posted by: Jim - PRS on April 12, 2005 04:29 AM

And why is it, in said Mexican standoff, that it's always the Good Guy who capitulates and lays down his weapon? Good Guys need to practice more head shots from 8 feet. A third eye from a .45 works every time.

Posted by: Faxbob on April 12, 2005 10:25 AM

That's why I love the Dirty Harry character. No Mexican Standoffs. Just "Go ahead, make my day" and Boom Booom double tap dead bad guy.

Posted by: hoosierboy on April 12, 2005 10:47 AM
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