There’s a bizarre paranoia streak running through American culture these days. It’s difficult to pin down the exact time period that it first emerged, but one thing we know for sure is that Americans have become one of the most easily frightened populations on the planet. It’s amazing that any of the sheep in this society manage to step out the front door of their homes.
Unfortunately, our fears have finally reached a new level of absurdity. On Saturday, several homes in a San Antonio neighborhood were evacuated by the fire department, and a police bomb squad was called in. The reason? A dusty old box of ammo.
Apparently there was a sealed box of 75 rounds of .40 caliber ammo, and it was about 40 years old (though there’s some debate about that, since 40 s&w is the only commonly used .40 caliber round, and it wasn’t invented until 1990). The current residents of the home where this ammo was found, suspect that it was left behind by a veteran who used to live there.
And this isn’t first time this has happened.
The bomb squad was called to the same house a week before to take care of a box of shotgun shells. As for why this is a threat worthy of calling the authorities, the captain of the bomb squad told NBC News that “They’ve rusted, they’ve been exposed to the weather, elements outside so we definitely want to get them disposed of as quickly as possible.”
Really? That’s absolutely ridiculous. Rusty ammo is dangerous to shoot and it needs to be disposed of properly, but it’s not like they will just spontaneously cook off while sitting under a house. It sounds like the bomb squad just needed an excuse to justify its existence, which is easy to do when you live in a paranoid society.
Joshua Krause is a reporter, writer and researcher at The Daily Sheeple. He was born and raised in the Bay Area and is a freelance writer and author. You can follow Joshua’s reports at Facebook or on his personal Twitter. Joshua’s website is Strange Danger.