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Legislation To Reimport Korean War era M1s

Interview with Rep. Lummis who introduced the legislation:

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China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership

China and North Korea: A Tangled Partnership is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

By Rodger Baker
Vice President of East Asia Analysis

China appears to be growing frustrated with North Korea’s behavior, perhaps to the point of changing its long-standing support for Pyongyang. As North Korea’s largest economic sponsor, Beijing has provided the North Korean regime with crucial aid for years and offered it diplomatic protection against the United States and other powers. To outsiders, China’s alliance with North Korea seems like a Cold War relic with little reason for persisting into the 21st century. However, Beijing’s continued support for Pyongyang is not rooted in shared ideology or past cooperation nearly as much as in China’s own security calculations.

Perhaps nothing sums up the modern relationship more effectively than the oft repeated comment that the two countries are “as close as lips and teeth.” Far from a statement of intense friendship, the completion of that Chinese aphorism — “When the lips are gone, the teeth will be cold” — highlights China’s interest in propping up the North Korean regime. North Korea serves as a buffer state for China’s northeast, and though Pyongyang can exploit that need, the North Korean leadership harbors no illusion that China is truly interested in the survival of any particular North Korean regime so long as Beijing can keep its buffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Considering a Departure in North Korea’s Strategy

Considering a Departure in North Korea’s Strategy is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

By George Friedman
Founder and Chairman

On Jan. 29, I wrote a piece that described North Korea’s strategy as a combination of ferocious, weak and crazy. In the weeks since then, three events have exemplified each facet of that strategy. Pyongyang showed its ferocity Feb. 12, when it detonated a nuclear device underground. The country’s only significant ally, China, voted against Pyongyang in the U.N. Security Council on March 7, demonstrating North Korea’s weakness. Finally, Pyongyang announced it would suspend the armistice that ended the Korean War in 1953, implying that that war would resume and that U.S. cities would be turned into “seas of fire.” To me, that fulfills the crazy element.

My argument was that the three tenets — ferocity, weakness and insanity — form a coherent strategy. North Korea’s primary goal is regime preservation. Demonstrating ferocity — appearing to be close to being nuclear capable — makes other countries cautious. Weakness, such as being completely isolated from the world generally and from China particularly, prevents other countries from taking drastic action if they believe North Korea will soon fall. The pretense of insanity — threatening to attack the United States, for example — makes North Korea appear completely unpredictable, forcing everyone to be cautious. The three work together to limit the actions of other nations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Korean War Garands Finally Return to USA


The importation of as many as 87,000 M1 Garands gathering dust in South Korean storage may soon get the green light for importation to the US. Special thanks is due to Montana Senator John Tester and Representative Cynthia Lummis of Wyoming who introduced legislation to prevent the US government from interfering with the importation of US-made guns that were previously exported to other countries. In the face of this pressure, the State Department will no longer prohibit the exportation of these M1 Garands back to the US.

These American made rifles will finally be returned and available for purchase.

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Importation of Korean War Garands More Likely

The State Department is reconsidering its ban on the importation of U.S. made Korean War era M1 Garands from South Korea.

From Guns and Patriots:

“The Department will consider a new request from the Republic of Korea (ROK) to transfer its inventory of approximately 87,000 M-1 Garand rifles into the United States for sale on the commercial market,” a spokesperson at the U. S. Department of State said to Guns&Patriots on Dec. 2. “We have not yet received that request.”

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ATF Tries to Scuttle Plan to Reimport Surplus Rifles

In this story from World Net Daily, author Bob Unruh reveals how the Bureau of Alchol, Tobacco, and Firearms is blocking a plan for South Korea to return thousands of surplus M-1 Garand rifles and M-1 Carbines to the US for resale to the public. The ATF cites a “threat to public safety” as the reason to block the return of these classic American-made weapons.

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Obama bans nearly a million American-made rifles?

Did you know that Barack Obama has banned nearly a million American made rifles?

Nearly a million rifles.

Banned by Barack Obama and his anti-gun cronies.

In an executive order the Obama Administration has secretly blocked the re-importation of American made M-1 Garand and Carbine rifles being stored in South Korea.

These rifles were used by the US military during the Korean War and left there after the war was over.

With one stroke of his pen, he by-passed the legislative process and banned nearly a million American made rifles by executive fiat.

These rifles were made in America, by Americans and used by American soldiers to defend freedom on foreign shores and are greatly sought after by American shooters and collectors.

Now State Department officials claim these antique, collector rifles could be used to commit crimes.

Watch the video here, and sign the petition if this is important to you:

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President Forbids Sale of Korean War Rifles

This story comes on the heels of the EPA trying to ban lead ammunition. The South Korean government is trying to sell thousands of M1s and M1 carbines to U.S. citizens to raise money. Gun control advocates don’t want the transfers to occur:

“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.”

The State Department’s excuse was:

“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

The problem is the federal government assumes the worst about the people who will buy these weapons. I doubt a single person who purchases one of these rifles will commit a crime with it. My guess would be that most will be bought by vets who actually fought in the war and collectors.

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The Longest War?

Many media outlets have recently started calling the war in Afghanistan the “longest war in United States history”. That statement is factually incorrect and they don’t care because it just makes things simpler by calling it the longest war. There are other wars which have gone on longer but have not had the continuous conflict of the Afghan war, which is actually what the media is referring to. The Korean War was never officially ended. An armistice was signed but there has been no official document which would end the state of war that existed between the United States and North Korea.

Oliver North has a few other examples in an article he wrote:

The U.S. Army’s campaigns against Geronimo, Cochise and other Apache leaders in New Mexico, Arizona and Texas went on continuously for nearly 40 years. Though Afghanistan has surpassed Vietnam in duration, it isn’t even our longest foreign military engagement. That distinction belongs to U.S. military operations during the Philippine Insurrection — which began concurrently with the end of the Spanish-American War, in 1898, and lasted until 1913. Notably, the number of U.S. casualties suffered in the Philippines — more than 7,100 — is approximately the same as the number of U.S. casualties to date in Afghanistan.

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