Obama Offends Bayonet Industry With Debate Comment

Tuesday, 23 Oct 2012 05:48 PM

By Stephen Feller

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President Barack Obama offended the owner of a bayonet manufacturer when he used the still-in-use weapon to mock what he called Governor Mitt Romney’s outdated proposal to add more ships to the U.S. Naval fleet during Monday night's presidential debate, according to a report from TMZ.

“Our soldiers still use bayonets," said Dan Riker of Bayonet Inc., a military supplies companies that supplies the weapons. “[Bayonets] are still distributed to the military all the time — he should get educated on it.”

During the debate, Romney repeated his contention that the military has been shrunk too much under Obama and that building more ships and submarines was necessary to keep it the most powerful seafaring force in the world.

“You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916,” Obama said to Romney. “We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed . . . And so the question is not a game of Battleship, where we're counting slips. It's what are our capabilities.”

Although the U.S. military has not attempted a full-on bayonet charge since the Korean War, according to website DCist, bayonets were bought for every member of the Marine Corps as recently as 2003. Additionally, the Army also still uses bayonets to teach combat, as well as other good uses for the tool.





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