“If any American, going into the November elections, had any doubt that Barack Obama and the Democratic Party leaders hate guns and have contempt for the Second Amendment, this is proof.” Oh please. While you can understand the Gun Owners of America’s hysteria (hint: it’s good for business), the blocked sale of 857,470 U.S.-made, South Korean-stored M1 semi-automatic rifles is not an attack on Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms. It’s diplo-political wrangle involving greed, greed and a bit more greed . . .
Someone in Korea wants to dump these Col War-era lend-lease guns on the American market to make some money. Someone in the U.S. doesn’t want nearly a million surplus rifles dumped into the American market ’cause it’s bad for business. The Obama administration is caught in the middle. Clearly, the GOA doesn’t get it, to the point of unintended irony.
Suffice it to say that this is just another reiteration of the same anti-gun political theatre. And the cheers coming from anti-gunners like Dennis Henigan of the Brady Campaign are ample proof of that.
You can understand the underlying assumption: if the Brady Campaign is for something, it must be bad. You know: the enemy of my enemy is my friend. But accusing Obama’s Boyz of anti-gun-rights-oriented political theater when your entire existence is based on pro-gun-rights-oriented political theater is a bit much.
The problem with the GOA’s focus on this “issue” is that it isn’t one. Sure, “According to Hillary Clinton’s State Department, this action was taken because the M1’s ‘could potentially be exploited… for illicit purposes.'” They’ve got to say something. But there are plenty of guns for sale in the U.S., and most gun owners don’t want an old M1—even if it’s dead cheap.
By taking on the Obama Administration for blocking the importation of thousands of crates of old guns, the GOA is squandering its political capital. It’s best to choose your battles, and let sleeping dogs lie. Lest they be eaten.