Friday, August 30, 2013

Blocking The Importation Of Antiques

  The Obama Administration is planning to ban the importation of M1 Garands and M1 Carbines from South Korea. Both weapons were lent and/or sold to the South Koreans during the 1950-1953 Korean War. These firearms are highly prized by collectors, and there have been efforts to import these rifles back into the USA for several years.
  Barack Obama issued an Executive Order yesterday to keep these weapons out of the country.


  Let me summarize the reasoning behind this order. "Blah, blah, blah... weapons of war, blah, blah, gibberish, blah." I just saved you the time needed to read his explanation.
  It would have been more honest for him to simply state that he'll ban every gun that he legally can.

  Let's look at the nonsense of President Obama's Executive Order.

1) Yes, these rifles were weapons of war... 60 years ago. If these guns were people, they would now be on the verge of collecting Social Security.
   When politicians state that "Weapons Of War" do not belong in the hands of Americans it causes me to worry a bit. I'm afraid that they actually mean what they say (usually unthinkable for a politician). Consider this.
   Blackpowder rifles were originally designed as "Weapons of war," and there's a long history of them being used in battles all over the US.
   My 6 shot revolvers are of the same design that both law enforcement and the military used for many decades. There is no real difference between my revolvers and those carried by our troops in WW1 and WWII (not all used M1911s).
   Single action six guns, and lever action rifles were used by the military.
  We were issued standard Remington 870 and Mossberg 500 shotguns when I was in the Marines. I doubt that there's a hunter in the US that hasn't used one of those firearms at some point in his life. These "Weapons Of War" are some of the best selling hunting guns in this country.
   Never mind that the Marine Corps still fields bolt action sniper rifles that are not much different than the Remington 700s that are available at Dicks Sporting Goods or Walmart.
   The "Weapons Of War" argument used by the White House is simply asinine. There are very few firearm designs that have not been used by our armed forces at some time or another.

2) Today, I'd consider the M1 Garand more of a hunting rifle than a battle rifle. Yes, it was state of the art in WWII. That was a long time ago.
  The weapon holds 8 rnds of 30-06. This caliber is very popular with hunters, and 8 rnds is not considered a lot of ammunition in 2013. Hunting rifles commonly have a 5 rnd capacity. 3 extra bullets is not exactly a lot.
  When you compare the M1 Garand to ARs and AKs, it clearly is closer to being a hunting rifle than a modern battlefield weapon.

3) The M1 Carbine is known for being underpowered, and there are countless reports of those using it in WWII and Korea complaining about a lack of stopping power. Ammo is expensive, and somewhat difficult to find. This firearm takes 15 to 30 rnd magazines, and they too can be hard to find without going online.
  I would think that the anti gunner in the White House would prefer an underpowered carbine on the market instead of the more common (and powerful) "Assault Weapons" such as AK47s.

4) Times are tight for most, and Americans have less money for non necessities than in the past. In this economy, buying a gun can be a huge purchase for many.
   If I was an anti gun President, then I would realize that firearms are going to be sold no matter what is said by politicians, and the media.
  I would welcome Americans paying hundreds of dollars for M1 Garands and M1 Carbines instead of buying ARs and AKs with their finite disposable income.
  It's just ridiculous that these weapons are not being imported. I have no desire to buy one at this time, but I will buy another rifle this year. It will not be 60 years old, and will be definitely be something that causes hissy fits from Schumer, Feinstein, and "The One."
  Let's pretend, however, that I really wanted to buy a M1 due to nostalgia. If you were an anti gunner, which would you prefer me to purchase... a 60 year old M1 Garand or an AR15 with a half dozen 30 rnd magazines?
  Obama isn't even intelligent enough to be a good anti gunner. It's almost as if he wants to sabotage their cause.

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