Reddit user jakethesnake15 posted these alarming photographs of security at last year's Super Bowl a few hours ago, and they are circulating quickly. While the safety of the players, fans, media, and performers should always be paramount at such a massive event, many don't realize the precautions taken to prepare for an emergency. One such preventative measure is security in the form of automatic weapons, as shown by these images. As Politico pointed out a few days ago, this year's Super Bowl has an increased federal presence due to upcoming Mardi Gras celebrations and the expected chaos to ensue in New Orleans. Let's hope that everyone stays safe this year and that Super Bowl security won't have to act with guns or any other weaponry to protect those trying to enjoy this event.

[via Reddit]