Colt, Remington, and Ruger, Oh My! America Likes Gun Names

Written by S.C. Sherman on February 22, 2014

I recently liked a few Facebook pages with the express purpose to get a glimpse into the other side. I had been accused of getting my news from only one point of view. So I thought, why not? I liked the Huffington Post, The Daily Kos, The Daily Beast, and a couple others. You get the idea.

Wow. It has been an eye opening experience to say the least. I knew people with my points of view were disliked by the left, but I had no idea how much they truly hated me and those like me. You know, Bible thumping, gun toting, moronic, conservative types is how I am stereotyped, basically the scourge of America. What I discovered is that the other side is absolutely and wholly given over to fear based opinions cloaked in self-righteous indignation. That brings me to the post that prompted this article.

Apparently, Americans are increasingly naming their little rug-rats gun names. Names like, Colt, Remington, Ruger, Gunner, and Gauge have soared in popularity since 2002. That would seem like no big deal. Not really a story at all, right? Who cares what people are naming their kids? Well this trend is obviously a little unnerving to at least one writer on the left. Amy Haglage wrote an article titled “Baby Names: Gunning for Trouble”

Poor Amy probably wouldn’t be concerned if more American’s were naming their offspring things like Peace, Happy, or maybe even Clinton, Kennedy or Barack. However, the fact that a growing number of folks want to place a moniker of firearms power upon their child has her spooked. She must be concerned about her safety. I know the little paper signs with the picture of a handgun scare the stuffing out of liberals, so just imagine the terror to have to attend a baby shower for a sweet bundle of joy named Remington? Should we bring ammo as a gift?  

Amy goes on. Her disdain for this weaponized naming spree is evident. (Americans) are “going all wild, wild west on their children with names like Remington or Colt. Naming their children after a weapon that kills one person every 17 minutes is A-OK corral here in America.”

She must wonder what happened to the enlightened America? How could we be so dumb to name our children after the evil objects that spontaneously massacre innocent people? What kind of person would actually name their kid after such an agent of evil? I wonder if she knows anything about the OK corral. It is an amazing American story about good versus evil. Bullies being stood up to and generally sorting it out with the equalizing force of firearms. Hollywood has made plenty of movies about it, and many children have subsequently been named Wyatt ever since.

The problem for Amy and the left in general is that parents put a lot of thought into naming a child. It’s kind of a big deal. Not usually something done on a whim. Careful thought goes into naming a child. I’ve had a part in naming four children. My wife and I took it as a serious responsibility. We researched the names we liked to see if they had any hidden meanings we wouldn’t like. We tried to make up all the ways our child could be made fun of because of things that rhyme with their name. We felt we owed it to our child to do our best to bestow upon them a name they could be proud of. So with that said, the fact that young Americans are naming their progeny radically masculine gun names has poor liberal Amy troubled. We are ‘Gunning for trouble’ to be sure.

There are some really beautiful gun names. How about Benelli, Beretta, Browning or Wesson? Kimber would be a fine girl’s name. How about Alfred Randall and you could call the kid A.R. My wife and I liked the name Lincoln for a while. It is a fine name, but with our last name being Sherman, we thought Lincoln Sherman might be a pretty big handle for a young lad. I reasoned that if we did name our little fella Lincoln we should go all out and make the middle name Grant. That would pretty much guarantee he would be a General or the President. At the very least a man named Lincoln Grant Sherman would have to be a historian specializing in the Civil War. In the end, we didn’t do it as our little General turned out to be a sweet little lass.

Gun names may have the pacifist gun haters of our society a little nervous, but I think they make for some pretty solid names. The big government yahoos from either side of the aisle should start to worry when names like Gadsden, Patriot, or Molon Labe catch on. Nothing to worry about with a few folks naming their bundles of joy Winchester or Marlin. I’m sure Savage might cause a stir though! I don’t think America is “Gunning for trouble” because of their baby names leaning a little cowboy action, but I could be wrong. I am a gun loving patriot who thinks Colt is actually a pretty awesome boy name. We did actually have Gunnar on the list for one of our children for a time, so I guess I am the kind of American that Amy is worried about.

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S.C. Sherman
S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.