Saturday, August 18, 2007

If This Wasn't So Serious, It Would Be FUNNY!

Across the country, police departments periodically hold "Gun Exchanges". These no-questions-asked programs allow citizens to turn in weapons for cash, gift certificates or merchandise. Yesterday the "ORLANDO SENTINEL" in Orlando, Florida reported that a real surprise was turned in - a four foot long Surface to Air Missile (SAM).
Picture of SAM
The shoulder-fired weapon showed about 6 p.m. when an Ocoee man drove to the Florida Citrus Bowl to trade the 4-foot-long launcher for size-3 Reebok sneakers for his daughter.
Assuming the weapon is operational, there are serious questions which need to be asked and answered. How did this missile get into civilian hands? Are there more and if so where and who has them? This missile is capable of shooting an airplane out of the sky. Could this be the next Terrorist method of attack? Right now, it appears nobody knows.
"I didn't know what to do with it, so I brought it here," explained the man, who said he found the missile in a shed he tore down last week. "I took it to three dumps to try to get rid of it, and they told me to get lost."
Next question-why didn't anyone notify authorities about this weapon? Three dumps and the person who turned it in knew about it, but nobody said anything? Wow. Something smells about this event.

H/T HotAir for the preceding.

In a related incident, United Press International, reports the finding of an Rocket Propelled Grenade (RPG) in a stolen Van.
A Marine Corps bomb unit was called in by California police who found an Iraqi-style rocket propelled grenade stashed in a stolen van.

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