Baltimore gun Facebook photo

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This photo of a gun from a bygone era goes viral after Baltimore police post it on Facebook

Who doesn't love an antique?

Mar 4, 2017, 9:43 am*

Internet Culture


Josh Katzowitz

The Baltimore police department on Wednesday arrested a 36-year-old man with a loaded handgun after a traffic stop, and after the officers detained him, they took him to jail.

Then, the police department posted a photo of the gun to Facebook. And the internet took it from there.

Eastern DistrictOfficers arrest man with a loaded handgun during traffic stopOn March 1, 2017, officers from the…

Posted by Baltimore Police Department on Thursday, March 2, 2017

Does that look like a normal gun that we regularly see in the 21st century? No, it does not. It looks like a weapon from a bygone era when men wore muttonchops and when the country was on the verge of a civil war. Facebook commenters almost instantly made this photo a star.

A sampling.

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Great job, everybody. Now, there’s only one thing left to do. Wait for President Lincoln to rise from his slumber and tweet about it.

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*First Published: Mar 4, 2017, 9:42 am