What is the origin of the phrase "hold the gun on me'? Is there is no connection between this phrases and the punchline of this old widely heard joke found in the US, UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada. Here is a common American version of this joke:
A hillbilly came to town carrying a jug of moonshine in one hand and a shotgun in the other. He stopped a man on the street, saying to him "Here friend, take a drink outta my jug." The man protested, saying he never drank.
The hillbilly leveled his shotgun at the stranger and commanded "Drink!"
The stranger drank, shuddered, shook, shivered and coughed.
"Gee! that's awful stuff you've got there."
"Ain't it, though?" replied the hillbilly.
"Now, you hold the gun on me while I take a drink."
Does anyone have any ideas regard the origins of the phrase "hold the gun on me" and its possible relationship to this joke? I'd really like to know. Many thanks in advance.