When I first wrote of the Winston County legend of "The Boxcar," people took me to task for making up, in one fellow's words, "an impossible fairy tale." Really? Here is more evidence, if any were needed, of my real world opinion that there are far more weapons (and far more destructive weapons) in the hands of the people than anybody (especially the government) estimates.
Read this story and weep. Why is it that nobody dumps automatic weapons in MY creek?
David Hyche, right, of the ATF and Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah show a cache of WWII era weapons found in a creek in Bibb county last Thursday. The ATF is asking the public's for help in finding out the source of the guns.
Alabama road crews discovered World War II era weapons recovered in Bibb County
by Carol Robinson
April 13, 2009
A cache of World War II-era weapons discovered last week in a Bibb County, Alabama, creek had probably been there less than 24 hours, authorities said today.
David Hyche, resident agent in charge of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Birmingham office, said he has never encountered anything like this in his 21 years of work.
The firepower, discovered by a state road crew conducting a bridge inspection just north of Centreville late last week, is illegal to own, still in working condition and probably worth in the hundreds of thousands of dollars
"It's a significant arsenal if it got into the wrong hands," Hyche said.
Bibb County Sheriff Keith Hannah said state road workers called his office on Thursday after spotting the weapons.
Hannah sent a sheriff's dive team into the water, where they found four Japanese machine guns, a Japanese antitank cannon, an Italian machine gun, a Japanese 50mm mortar and a Thompson machine gun, also known as the Tommy Gun, a popular Prohibition-era submachine gun.