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By Max McGuire

M1 Garand Rifles

M1 Garand Rifles



New Jersey --(  On August 29, 2013, the Obama administration announced that the government would no longer authorize the re-importation of made US weapons.

Following WWII and the Korean War, the United States sold and gifted decommissioned rifles to its allies around the world fighting the spread of Communism.

The majority of these rifles were M1 Garands.

While these rifles remain legal to buy and sell domestically, countries like South Korea are no longer able to resell these rifles to American collectors. Even though these historic firearms are seldom, if ever, implicated in crimes, this new executive order promises a decrease in gun violence. Gun control groups such as Moms Demand Action applauded the measure as a common sense way to reduce gun violence that plagues our inner cities. Second Amendment groups, like the NRA, criticized the administration for “completely [missing] the mark when it comes to stopping violent crime” and putting the last nail in the coffin for the 110 year old Civilian Marksmanship Program.

Since the tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Obama has sought to do everything within his power to limit civilian ownership of firearms. With the Senate unable to break the filibuster and the House of Representatives unlikely to bring gun control legislation out of committee, President Obama has been forced to turn to executive orders. While presidential power is limited without congressional approval, executive oversight over the ATF allows the President some flexibility in changing government policy.

Restricting the re-importation of US WWII rifles fits within this authority.

Many of these antique rifles now prohibited from re-entering the country possess the same semi-automatic actions that gun control advocates have sought to limit through a new Assault Weapons Ban. For this reason, the President believes that their age and collectability is a non-issue. As long as they remain functional, they are perceived as a threat. With mass shootings still fresh in our memories, President Obama hopes that limiting the number of semi-automatic rifles available to the public will reduce the likelihood of another tragic school shooting.

I know what you’re thinking: Curio and Relic (C&R) firearms are rarely, if ever, implicated in crimes and certainly haven’t been used in a school shooting. While it is safe to say that it is unlikely to find a mass shooter with C&R firearm, Obama is right to worry about the M1 Garand specifically. This historic rifle was used in one of the most infamous, high-profile school shootings in the 20th century. However that is no reason to limit the civilian ownership of this weapon.

Ohio Army National Guard arrived at Kent State University

Ohio Army National Guard arrived at Kent State University

On May 4, 1970, members of the Ohio Army National Guard arrived at Kent State University to respond to a growing anti-war protest movement on campus. For the last four days, college students had protested the Nixon Administration’s new Cambodian campaign on the university quad. As the protest grew, so did its media exposure. On the fourth day of the protests, the National Guard soldiers — equipped with M1 Garands — fixed their bayonets and drove the student protesters off of the university quad.

At 12:24PM — for reasons still being debated to this day — Sgt. Myron Pryor turned his 1911 service pistol on the students and began firing. The other National Guard soldiers followed suit. The result was a volley of approximately 67 shots into the crowd of unarmed student protesters. When the dust settled, four students were dead and another nine were wounded.

While President Nixon’s investigative commission held both the students and the Guardsmen responsible, it concluded that the “the indiscriminate firing of rifles into a crowd of students and the deaths that followed were unnecessary, unwarranted, and inexcusable.”

When gun control advocates talk about the United States’ history of mass shootings, they seldom include the Kent State Massacre. While they oppose the civilian ownership of “military style” weapons, they are more than willing to support the militarization of domestic police forces. But I must warn against allowing gun control advocates to frame the argument in a way to include antique rifles in the “military style” category. How far back can this logic be stretched? The common response is that a “military style” firearm is any weapon that was deliberately designed to kill people. Under that assumption, nearly every weapon stretching back to when the Chinese discovered gun powder could be labeled a prohibited weapon.

The very muskets that won this country’s revolutionary war could get caught in the gun control dragnet.

The M1 Garands and Carbines now prohibited for re-importation are functional firearms that, if placed into capable hands, are certainly capable of inflicting damage. The M1 Garand’s use in the Kent State Massacre proves that. However it is illogical to take a school shooting, perpetrated by elements of our armed forces, and use it as a rationale to prevent the civilian ownership of these weapons. If anything, the Kent State Massacre legitimizes the civilian ownership of comparable military style firearms. The idea that a National Guard unit could open fire and mow down unarmed protesters is beyond disturbing.

According to Gen. George S. Patton, the M1 Garand was the “the greatest battle implement ever devised.” It helped win the Second World War and remained in active service through the Korean and Vietnam Wars. In peacetime, the M1 Garand provided countries like West Germany, Italy, Japan, Greece, Turkey, and South Korea with a means of defending against the spread of Communism and Marxism on the European and Asian continents. At home, the M1 Garand served as the backbone of the Civilian Marksmanship Program and taught countless Americans the skills required for membership in our nation’s unorganized militia.

Yet today, we are told that reintroducing these service rifles into the market would lead to an increase in crime and gun violence. Gun control advocates neglect to mention examples of when this storied rifle contributed to a crime.

If they did the research however, they would learn that the most deadly domestic shooting involving an M1 Garand was committed not by a deranged citizen, but by elements of our own National Guard. Let that sink in a bit…

About SanityPolitic’ Max Mcguire;
Max McGuire is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Political Science at Villanova University. He graduated from Boston College, majoring in Political Science and minoring in Arabic Studies. Follow him on Twitter@SanityPolitics

  • 22 User comments to “What Pres. Obama Neglected to Mention Before Banning Re-Imports of M1 Garand Rifles”

    1. Yes, I see thugs in the streets all the time carrying M1 Garand Rifles. I hear they make great conceal carry weapons. LOL! Outlawing Guns, one weapon at a time. That’s the communist, Gestapo way.. When we no longer have enough firepower left to resist, then they will take ALL weapons..

    2. Pathetic-In-Chief. Why do we have an ignorant little boy trying to do a man’s job?!?!?! Political correctness, that’s why!

    3. Let’s all start speaking the truth: Barack Hussein Obama is not an American citizen; he was raised by Marxists and Black Liberation Theologists; he’s at the very least a muslim apologist, if not a muslim himself; he has promoted several members of the muslim brotherhood and its front group CAIR to sensitive posts in several intelligence/defense agencies, including the DHS; he has committed fraud and forgery to illegally ascend to the highest office in the land; he’s hellbent on destroying the nation and shredding the Constitution; he purposely caused the deaths of four American in Benghazi; he was highly involved in the illegal sale of “military style weapons” to Mexican drug cartels, if not master-minding it himself;, and he has done much more and committed many more crimes and atrocities than these all for the sake of power, greed, and “fundamentally transforming America” into a Marxist/Socialist state. So what are American Patriots going to do about it? When are we going to act? This man is doing his level best to tear apart everything that we love about this country and yet we still don’t march on DC and the White House, demanding that our voices be heard. And now we’re getting involved in Syria, which is backed by Iran, Russia, and China! Can anyone else see that we’re being set up for not only WWIII but we are probably witnessing Israel being set-up for annihilation! I would think that the American people would ALL be able to see what’s happening right before their very eyes, and yet millions of us slumber. What will it take for some people to wake up? Nuclear holocaust? Hoe about martial law and the suspension of habeus corpus and the Constitution? Would that wake them up? Well, guess what…it’s coming, folks. It’s coming and I’m afraid there’s nothing that can stop it.

    4. VT Patriot on September 3, 2013 at 6:52 PM said:

      First they ‘decide’ the AR and AK type rifles are unlawful. (You know how scary they look) Next is all semi’s, next all those with a “clip”, then tubular mags, then handguns with a mag, then revolvers, and so on. We all know how often M1s are used in street crime, mass shootings, concealed carry etc. They must be banned (added to the list of assault rifles). Soon, it will be flintlocks, and we all know how dangerous they are. After all, they won our independence from an overbearing gov, and we certainly don’t want that to happen again.

    5. sagebrush6 on September 3, 2013 at 7:28 PM said:

      The Liberal Mind
      With Nancy Pelosi repeatedly telling audiences about hearing voices of deceased women, and Barack Obama regarded by many as dangerously narcissistic, here comes a veteran psychiatrist making the case that the mental-emotional world of leftists is actually tantamount to a mental disorder.

      For more than 40 years, Rossiter has diagnosed and treated over 1,500 patients as a board-certified clinical psychiatrist and examined more than 2,700 civil and criminal cases, both state and federal, as a forensic psychiatrist retained by numerous public offices, courts and private attorneys. He received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.

      Rossiter explains with great clarity why the kind of liberalism displayed by Barack Obama during his presidency can only be understood as a psychological disorder.

      “Based on strikingly irrational beliefs and emotions, modern liberals relentlessly undermine the most important principles on which our freedoms were founded,” says Rossiter. “Like spoiled, angry children, they rebel against the normal responsibilities of adulthood and demand that a parental government meet their needs from cradle to grave.”

      “A social scientist who understands human nature will not dismiss the vital roles of free choice, voluntary cooperation and moral integrity – as liberals do,” he says. “A political leader who understands human nature will not ignore individual differences in talent, drive, personal appeal and work ethic, and then try to impose economic and social equality on the population – as liberals do. And a legislator who understands human nature will not create an environment of rules which over-regulates and overtaxes the nation’s citizens, corrupts their character and reduces them to wards of the state – as liberals do.”

      Rossiter says the liberal agenda preys on weakness and feelings of inferiority in the population by:
      • creating and reinforcing perceptions of victimization;
      • satisfying infantile claims to entitlement, indulgence and compensation;
      • augmenting primitive feelings of envy;
      • rejecting the sovereignty of the individual, subordinating him to the will of the government.

    6. Clay A Rogers on September 3, 2013 at 8:14 PM said:

      I so hope that the next Republican President shows up on his/her first day in office with one Executive Order already typed out, to wit; As my first EO, I hereby rescind all EO’s issued by B.H. Obama effective immediately.

    7. Now we are down to 8-shot, clip fed semi-automatic rifles. What is next, the muzzle loader flintlock types?

    8. HappyClinger on September 3, 2013 at 9:40 PM said:

      Executive oversight of the ATF does NOT give anyone authority to override the Constitution, which is law. Policy is not law and cannot be enforced, except with thug tactics and brute force. We think we have to obey “policy” and this is just bs. We don’t. Obama can’t write law and make something illegal just because he says so. Every citizen of this country owes allegiance and obedience only to God and the Constitution. Stand up. Refuse to be a slave to the whim of an overreaching public SERVANT.

    9. My understanding is that the Guardsmen were equipped with M1 carbines, not M1 Garand rifles. The similar designation has caused a lot of confusion over the years. The carbine – originally designed as a replacement for officers’ sidearms, fired a different cartridge from the .30-06 fired by the Garand. The carbine cartridge is much weaker and is essentially a pistol cartridge on steroids – in fact, some pistols have been chanbered for it.

    10. John Hand on September 3, 2013 at 9:58 PM said:

      I’m a little confused. Is the author FOR or AGAINST the importation of M1 Garands? Darned if I can tell from the article.

    11. Doug Rodrigues on September 3, 2013 at 10:14 PM said:

      My issued weapon many decades ago was an M-1 Carbine. The soldiers in the photo are holding the M-1 Garand. When the M-16 appeared, I thought it was a joke.

    12. Bill Bennett on September 3, 2013 at 10:46 PM said:

      Obama sucks doggie d***

    13. Max McGuire on September 4, 2013 at 12:17 AM said:

      Marc de Piolenc: Photo evidence proves, clear as day, that the Guardsmen were armed primarily with M1 Garands. There might have been a few Carbines thrown in there, but the vast majority were Garands.

      John Hand: I am for the importation of these rifles. Any weapon is deadly if it’s the intent of the owner. But that’s still no reason to ban them, especially given the most notable mass shooting was committed by government forces. Sorry if my views didn’t come across clearly…

    14. John Detwiler on September 4, 2013 at 10:23 AM said:

      As I read these rediculous Obama’s stupid and pathetic EP and the also stupid and parhetic responcesby the also stupid persons responce to them I feel sympathy for the ignorance of those people. But the most telling thing of all is the man who, in spite of all the facts, that guns don’t kill people, people kill people. And there is tons of facts that gun control causes more crime and death, than a gun free society does. Look at Great Britain, Canadaz and Austrailia for an example.

    15. Getoffmylawn on September 4, 2013 at 11:48 AM said:

      Who would have thought the “nut job conspiracy theorists” were right all along?!

      This is an Orwellian nightmare we’re living in…

    16. Just remember this rule. If Obama’s lips are moving, he’s lying.

    17. Becker is right the best liar wins. And that is Obama.A BIG ONE.

    18. Buck Crosby on September 4, 2013 at 6:45 PM said:

      Why is this misfit fruitcake SOB still in office ? We desperately need to get rid of the SOB and also all the junk he passed , including his so called executive orders , and see that the congress has some input or control over executive orders from future presidents .

    19. I learned something new today. I was under the impression that the M-14 was the weapon used at Kent State. I remember seeing a picture of a “little hippy chick” putting a flower in the barrel of a Soldier’s M-14. I think it was on the cover of Life Magazine. I was getting ready to have my tenth birthday when this incident happened but, I was interested in the Vietnam war because my brother was over there. I knew that we had just changed over to the M-16 and thought that the Guard/Reserve had gotten the “hand me down” M-14. I guess that hadn’t happened yet.

      To the point of the article, I agree that it is stupid to ban the re-importation of the M-1 Garand. These rifles are collector items. I’ll never forget the first time I fired one. When I squeezed off the eighth round and the empty clip flew out the top with a “CLANG”, I thought I broke it. After a second or two, I figured out what happened and then I couldn’t stop laughing at myself.

    20. hejohnson43 on September 7, 2013 at 6:59 PM said:

      How many people have to die, before they can call it a massacre? If I am not mistaken, some of the demonstrators were armed with pistols. The demonstrators where throwing rocks, bottles, rail road spikes and etc, which are deadly weapons. A Professor there said that if the students had known that the soldiers had loaded weapons, they would not have pushed them as far as they did. I only heard that statement once.

    21. FRANK FETTIG on September 12, 2013 at 7:05 PM said:

      I want an M1 Garand, not to massacre people but for historical significance. It is our history. God bless the day NOBAMA is just a bad memory.

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