I was disappointed to hear of the recent theft of weapons and items from the Veteran's Museum.
Some of those items just can't be replaced. And that just might help in their recovery.
I mean, just how many Nazi German Luger pistols show up on the black market at any one time?
Perhaps someone was watching those History Channel programs that I always seem to settle in front of..."American Pickers", "American Restorations", "Pawn Stars" and now "Real Deal".
These shows are interesting, because they demonstrate to us that all that junk that we have been saving all those years, may actually become worth something to the right person. We'd all like to think we have a gem in the rough and that we could profit from it.
But my big worry is that someone might be getting the wrong idea from these shows.
Recently, an episode of "American Pickers" demonstrated how much an antique riffle might be worth. Another demonstrated how rare a Sword from the civil war might be....and what it might fetch. And on "Pawn Stars", they demonstrate the firing of several of these guns, and bargain to make a profit from them.
I hope that viewers don't think that there's money laying around at the local historical museum. That's NOT the case. The main reason is because each of these museum pieces has been photographed, identified, described, cataloged, and can be easily traced.
You've got to believe that an exact description of each stolen item is not only circulating through every cop shop in the region and nation, but also has been sent to each pawn shop and antique store.
The minute any one or several of these items surface, BINGO! Instant arrest warrant!
The real value of these shows is not only to entertain us, but also to help educate us on our popular culture history, and to show you how these things are valued, cared for, and preserved.
Still, it's a guilty pleasure of mine to watch these shows and see just how greedy some folks can be. And, to see how fair some people treat others when they don't know what they've got! (Way to go, Mike!)