Monday, July 1, 2013

Lie Back And Remember "This Is In England"...

I think I hurt myself from facepalming too hard...

Couple discover 7,500 machine gun, shotgun and pistol bullets in their back garden while weeding their pond
A couple who recently moved into a rented home discovered a cache of 7,500 bullets in a pond in their back garden.

Neil Tipping, 33, who lives with his girlfriend Eleanor Mercer, 32, made the shocking discovery while he was clearing weeds from the water feature.

Okay, remember that this is in England. Finding ammunition in a backyard might be unusual here in the US, but in England, it's cause for pants-sh*tting hysteria. Then again, what can you expect from a country that produces "journalism" like this:
Police officers arrived at the house where they discovered 2.2mm rifle rounds, up to 30 machine gun rounds, shotgun cartridges, and a cache of 9mm and 8mm rounds.
2.2mm rounds? Really? They don't teach anything resembling critical thinking in UK journalism school? No one ever said, hey, 2.2mm is REALLY FREAKIN' TINY, we ought to check on that? I understand that not everyone is a firearms enthusiast. Not everyone knows that ammunition can be described in caliber vs. mm (and we won't even get into the crazy mixed-up world of shotgun gauge...). But still. To not even question "2.2mm"? Even if you're not familiar with the metric system, you would think where they mention 9mm and 8mm that someone might have questioned something a quarter of that size...

And what the heck is a "machine gun round" anyways? Now, the presence of 8mm ammunition makes me think this might be a WWII holdover - although the only 8mm I can think of is either German (Mauser) or French (Lebel). Now, there was a British machine gun that took 7.92X57mm ammo (the Besa), and the MG-42 ("Hitler's Buzz Saw") is probably more remembered in England than here. It's possible that this is simply someone who knows nothing about firearms; I can't help but think this is a bit of sensationalism, too.

And OMG, the PSH is just rampant. The couple is afraid to return to the house for fear they might find more ammunition. That they might run over it with a lawn mower. That a child might put it in their mouth (these people are afraid of inanimate objects; don't expect logic). It's kind of scary and also sad at the same time to think that these people are so thoroughly ignorant of this that this sort of event is so traumatizing.

Then again, I'd be pretty devastated if I found several thousand rounds on my property that I couldn't shoot for fear of water damage...

That is all.

9 comments:

Dave H said...

If they don't want the place, I'll take it. And an excavation permit. The only negative thing I'd feel if I found a stash like that is sadness that I don't anything that shoots it.

KevinW said...

Loved this caption: "Safe: Despite the thousands of bullets that were found, the police did not feel the need to evacuate the couple"

Wally said...

I think those are .22cal cartridges.

Seems to be a small mix of centerfire - I can spy 9x19, 7.62x39, 7.62x51, and what appears to be 8x57.

Brits did use the 8x57 in the BESA, tho I don't suspect any military overlap with this "cache"

The Suburban Bushwacker said...

I'm just too embarrassed to leave a comment
SBW

Anonymous said...

I had this thought the other day while watching Shaun of the Dead. It is amazing to me that these folks dominated the globe for two centuries. Now they can't tell a cache of ammo from a rabid beaver.

PJS said...

Those 2.2mm rounds are for shooting mice. :)

acairfearann said...

Another logic failure: while the same sort of, or greater, precautions are taken every time people dig up a UXB in their garden (which still happens once in awhile) there is no media hysteria. Not that there should be, mind you. But if one had to guess as to which event would bother people more: large amount of explosives in unknown condition or some soggy rounds? In my experience, UXBs are generally greeted with a bit of mild excitment, but anything to do with a gun creates total panic. A neat demonstration of cultural conditioning.

docrambo said...

The Greatest Empire in the world reduced to such asinine stupidity in both the couple's reaction and then the ignorantly written news account. No wonder the Muslims are taking over, and glory of the past is but a distant memory. Rule Britannia, my a$$.

TS said...

Loved this caption: "Safe: Despite the thousands of bullets that were found, the police did not feel the need to evacuate the couple"

I presume you mean because they've already evacuated into their pants?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5d82ndui_s