Lunging for the Officer's Gun meme example.

Lunging for the Officer's Gun

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Lunging for the Officer's Gun refers to a series of memes about the intrusive thought of making a lunge for a police officer's service weapon, an incident that can possibly end up with the officer retaliating and killing the person instead. Spawned by a viral Snail in My Ear meme in late 2022, the meme achieved significant virality in March 2023.


On September 30th, 2022, Redditor f-as-in-frank posted a Snail in My Ear meme captioned, "Snail in my ear telling me to reach for the police officer's pistol" to the /r/shitposting[1] subreddit, where it gained over 790 upvotes in six months (seen below).

(listening to the snail) Snail in my ear- telling me to reach for the police officer's pistol


In the following weeks, the image was widely circulated online through reposts.[2] For example, on October 4th, 2022, Twitter[2] user @PeetingDisorder tweeted a joke about lunging for an officer's gun, which gained over 2,100 retweets and 26,700 likes in five months (shown below, left). On October 6th, iFunny[3] user TheRedBaron posted a screenshot of the tweet, gaining over 12,200 smiles in the same period.

On December 19th, 2022, Twitter[4] user @sulkingtime tweeted a meme that garnered over 1,400 retweets and 13,800 likes in three months and was widely shared in the following weeks (shown below, right).

peet @Peeting Disorder The ABCs backwards? No problem officer Z... uhhh X... *lunges for his gun* 8:57 PM . Oct 4, 2022 huffy @sulkingtime using my grabby shark to lunge for an officer's service weapon 12:40 PM Dec 19, 2022 343.7K Views

On February 12th, 2023, Twitter[5] user @rundizzy wrote, "has anyone else noticed the glowing aura around cops guns lately," with user @MrToDamnFunny replying[6] with an image of a police officer's weapon emanating a glowing aura (shown below, left). The tweets gained over 70 retweets and 890 likes and 220 retweets and 3,300 likes in one month, respectively.

On March 1st, iFunny[7] user Nimitz19 posted a Jamiroquai Grab meme paired with the joke, with the post being featured and accruing over 17,300 smiles in three weeks (shown below, right).

DADO MOJADO AUTIDAL 201 ***** dizzy @rundizzy. 6h has anyone else noticed the glowing aura around cops guns lately

The posts were followed by further popularization of the meme online, with several examples going viral on TikTok[8][9] in March 2023.

Various Examples

AN E Steal Officer's Service Weapon TION Evelicious. If I should lunge for that cops gun The Forsaken Today at 8:59 PM I cannot make this s--- up I'm waiting in line at chipotle for food so I open ifunny to this: me sneaking up behind the unsuspecting officer trying to grab his service weapon And I turn around and there's 3 f------ cops behind me

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External References

[1] Reddit – listening to the snail

[2] Reddit – listening to the snail

[3] iFunny – TheRedBaron

[4] Twitter – @sulkingtime

[5] Twitter – @rundizzy

[6] Twitter – @MrToDamnFunny

[7] iFunny – Nimitz19

[8] TikTok – @theautismbattalion

[9] TikTok – @reexbbx

Recent Videos 8 total

Recent Images 20 total

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For the record: most holsters used by police have what's called Level III retention. It takes three positive actions to remove the weapon from the holster. Usually, this is a combination of pushing, flipping, and pressing various controls on the holster (ie push down to disengage the spring, allowing you to thumb open the latch, then press your index finger to release the trigger guard catch).

In layman's terms: while you're reaching for the gun, the cop's opposing hand has either mace, baton, or knife drawn, and is now spraying, beating, or cutting your face.


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