Internet freaks out over old-timey gun seized during traffic stop
When the Baltimore Police Department shared a photo of a loaded handgun seized during a traffic stop on Thursday, officers likely had no idea of the insane response the weapon would receive online.
"On March 1, 2017, officers from the Eastern District Operations Unit pulled over a car in the 700 block of N. Rose Street," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "During the traffic stop, officers recovered a loaded handgun and drugs from inside the vehicle."
"36-year old Keith Gladden was arrested at the scene," it continued. "He was transported to the Central Booking and Intake Facility. Gladden is a repeat offender and is prohibited from possessing a firearm."
Naturally, Facebook comedians couldn't care less about Gladden.
They were too preoccupied with his firearm of choice --namely, a hysterically dated gun that looks more like a prop for a 'Gone with the Wind' reboot than a weapon found on a repeat offender.
The laughable image has racked up over 134,000 shares and more than 36,000 reactions since it was posted on March 2 -- and naturally, the comments section is straight fire.
"I was under the impression that John Wilkes Booth was no longer alive," wrote one commenter.
"Officers also recovered a monocle, top hat, and distressed damsel," said another.
"I shot the sheriff, but since I only had one bullet, I did not shoot the deputy," joked a third.
Not to be outdone, The Baltimore police department decided to go along with the ruse, providing possibly the best commentary of all on the weapon.
"If it pleases the court, we will ensure we safeguard this firearm and ensure the safety of all in the village of Lord Baltimore," it wrote.
"Whilst this young lad possessed this weapon illegally, his punishment shall not include that of public stoning nor shaming. He therefore shall be recommended as a candidate for reenactment just up the road in Gettysburg."
Once again, justice prevails.