President John F. Kennedy was one of the most prominent we’ve had. He navigated us through the beginning of the Cold War, set us on course to head to the moon, and his assassination kicked off the gun control era that we are still fighting today. Like every red blooded American should, Kennedy purchased an M1 Garand back when he was still a senator. Kennedy’s M1 Garand – hand-picked and breathed on by Army gunsmiths – is coming up for auction over at the Rock Island Auction company. Expected sale price: about $100,000. While that’s cool, that’s not the only interesting thing about this story . . .
The Daily Mail ran a article about this auction, and I just want to point out this gem in their coverage:
Just two years later he was gunned down by Oswald while travelling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top car.
Oswald used a Carcano rifle, not dissimilar to Kennedy’s own Garand M1. Kennedy died from his wounds.
Naturally, the Daily Mail couldn’t help themselves. They had to point out the apparent irony that gun-owning JFK was killed by…a gun. What irks me is their use of the phrase “not dissimilar” when comparing the Carcano and the Garand. That’s like saying an elephant and an armadillo are “not dissimilar.” They’re both four-legged mammals, but that’s where the similarities end. It’s like saying that a Ferrarri 458 and a Ford Focus are “not dissimilar.”
Another article obviously written by someone who doesn’t know the first thing about guns. It’s pretty much what can you expect from an English reporter. An most American journalists, too.