In an unprecedented and flagrant exercise of executive power President Obama has banned the re-importation of almost one million American made rifles. No they are not “assault” weapons. They aren’t even easily concealable weapons. What we are talking about is the M1 Garand and Carbine, an antique military rifle that has been a staple to the defense of America for nearly 80 years.
Rand Paul, one of Senate’s lead dissenter’s to the action summed up the issue nicely:
The M1 Garand, developed in the late 1930’s, carried the United States through World War II seeing action in every major battle. General Patton at the time called the M1 Garand “the greatest battle implement ever devised.” The rifle is largely credited with giving American soldiers the advantage and securing victory for the allies.
During the Korean War, nearly one million of these rifles were brought to South Korea and left with the South Korean government afterward. Now, South Korea wants to give American gun collectors the chance to get their hands on this unique piece of history. A piece of American history that Barack Obama would like to see go down the memory hole.
But surely these operational rifles will not just disappear down the memory hole. The question is who will they go to now that they are up for grabs? With the amount of hostility we are breeding in the world currently, is it really a good idea to let these proven “battle implements” float in limbo?
I’m sure they would help out tremendously with all the violent revolutions in the middle east? Who’s to say they won’t end up in that powder keg?
I bet the Mexican drug cartels would be clamoring for more fire power! If the ATF/DOJ/State Department can supply them with $177 million dollars in American made weapons I bet South Korea will have no problem striking a deal.
Of course the law abiding citizens of the “freest” country on earth can’t be trusted with that many rifles. After all it’s not as if we have been endowed by our creator with the right to bare arms? Only authorities should be given the privilege to public defense or in most cases… force, right? …But to nip my growing sarcasm in the bud, I digress.
So whether you are pro-gun or not, just remember when you see the often quoted and highly flawed statistic of American weapons involved in Mexican gang violence bump a few notches higher, say “Thanks Obama”! It may actually be just the push the Mexican Government needs the next time they ask our President to further restrict guns for the safety of the poor unarmed Mexican peasant.
Yes the final destination of the rifles is pure speculation. They could wind up just collecting another 60 year layer of dust… but it’s a question worth asking. So let’s not HAVE to ask the question and put pressure on the administration by signing the National Association for Gun Rights Fire Arms Freedom Survey. It’s a small gesture but better than sitting on our hands.