Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Obama Throws The Brady Bunchers A Bone: Bans Sale Of Korean Surplus M-1's

The South Korean government, in an effort to raise money for its military, wants to sell nearly a million antique M1 rifles that were used by U.S. soldiers in the Korean War to gun collectors in America.

The Obama administration approved the sale of the American-made rifles last year. But it reversed course and banned the sale in March – a decision that went largely unnoticed at the time but that is now sparking opposition from gun rights advocates.

A State Department spokesman said the administration's decision was based on concerns that the guns could fall into the wrong hands.

"The transfer of such a large number of weapons -- 87,310 M1 Garands and 770,160 M1 Carbines -- could potentially be exploited by individuals seeking firearms for illicit purposes," the spokesman told

"We are working closely with our Korean allies and the U.S. Army in exploring alternative options to dispose of these firearms."

"Guns that can take high-capacity magazines are a threat to public safety," said Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. "Even though they are old, these guns could deliver a great amount of firepower. So I think the Obama administration's concerns are well-taken."

But gun rights advocates point out that possessing M1 rifles is legal in the United States -- M1s are semi-automatics, not machine guns, meaning the trigger has to be pulled every time a shot is fired -- and anyone who would buy a gun from South Korea would have to go through the standard background check.

Asked why the M1s pose a threat, the State Department spokesman referred questions to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. ATF representatives said they would look into the question Monday afternoon, but on Wednesday they referred questions to the Justice Department. DOJ spokesman Dean Boyd referred questions back to the State Department.
The White House referred questions on the issue to the Pentagon, which referred questions to the U.S. Embassy in South Korea, which deferred back to the State Department.

In other words, business as usual with regards to the Obama administration and it's propensity to waffle back and forth simply because no one there seems to know much about anything.

Its the liberal mantra. If it doesn't sound good, then it isn't good, no matter how truly good it might very well be.

Conservatives who don't particularly enjoy firearms simply do not own firearms. Liberals that do not enjoy firearms want the government to destroy all firearms.  Because, after all, they know what's best and declare themselves competent enough to determine what ALL of us should like or not like.

That's okay though. Some of us have enough M-1's to go around, and the ones who don't will be even more pissed at Obama and his band of unmerry "men". Win-win. The M-1's in question will hopefully find their way into the hands of legitimate gun owners while fewer liberals get elected because of their abject stupidity, profound smugness, and incomprehensible misunderstanding of the real world in which they live.

The single best way to teach anyone about dangerous things happens after a dangerous thing  bites them in the ass. Hell, this might even stir the Fudds into action. 

And high praise with full frontal kudos to the South Koreans for wanting to make money in order to better fund their military. The liberals would simply GIVE them the money, because, after all, any entitlement is a good entitlement.

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