After a certain point in your life, you start to think you may have seen it all. You don’t necessarily think that consciously, but on some level, you’re pretty confident you’ve seen the weirdest things you’re going to see, especially in the days of social media.
Then, you see something like this.
The Lakewood Police Department in Washington is investigating an incident after state troopers recovered a handgun that had been embedded in the front bumper of a Honda while it was traveling down a Washington Interstate.
I don’t think that’s what they’re talking about when they say gun the engine. . .
Washington State Patrol says the driver saw a “black object” flying through the air during his commute one evening, but it wasn’t until he stopped for gas later (about 18 miles down the road) that he discovered it was a handgun, and it was now stuck barrel-first in his bumper just below the driver’s-side headlight.
Of course, this raises the question of just where the gun came from, and that’s a riddle that will test us for ages.
Most likely, it was tossed out of another car for whatever reason. It may well have been used in a crime and was being dumped after being wiped clean of fingerprints. Or maybe someone was completely stupid and had the gun sitting on the roof of their car and forgot about it.
The vehicle driver, however, wasn’t sure if it came from an overpass or another car.
I’m inclined to say overpass simply because of the physics I suspect are required to embed a firearm in the bumper of a car. Granted, the bumpers of today aren’t like the front bumpers of yesteryear. My 1979 Ford F150 would have been unlikely to notice something like this.
Washington State Patrol Trooper Guy Gill told the Associated Press that this was a “completely bizarre way to recover a weapon.”
I’d imagine so.
Luckily, as you can see, the weapon was without a magazine which probably means it was cleared prior to its suicide attempt.
No one was hurt, thankfully. However, what I really want to read is the discussion of this incident at the insurance company, because that’s going to be hysterical. Can you imagine how that discussion will play out? Think of just how many people will read the report and think, “Naw! That didn’t happen” only to find out it did?
Yeah, it’s really that weird.
Again, no one was hurt, which is why I can chuckle about this and what this incident may have triggered at various corporations. This could easily have been tragic, especially if it had hit the windshield rather than the bumper, for example.
However, if this isn’t a case of someone dumping a weapon but is an honest accident, I won’t be surprised if the gun’s owner decides it’s just cheaper to buy a new gun. Washington has partial gun registration, but it really only impacts gun store sales. A firearm purchased out of state for whatever reason may not show up, and let’s be honest here. No one wants to admit to something as stupid as what would lead to this incident.