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10/23/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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President Barack Obama has offended the bayonet community ... TMZ has learned.

TMZ spoke with multiple people in the bayonet industry who tell us they were shocked and even offended when Obama brought up the weapon during last night's debate.

FYI -- Obama was going after Romney when he said, "You mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed."



According to the official U.S. Marine Corps website, every Marine is STILL required to complete a bayonet training program ... because "the weapon becomes just as effective [as a rifle] in close combat situations."

We spoke with Dan Riker from Bayonet Inc. -- a leading military surplus outlet that specializes in bayonets -- who tells us he believes Obama's comment was "ignorant ... because our soldiers still use bayonets."

He adds, “[Bayonets] are still distributed to the military all the time -- he should get educated on it”

For the record, Riker says he won't be voting for Obama ... "and I didn't vote for him last election either."

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136.

Sassy    

This guy is irrelevant. Seriously. Obama was talking about when wars were fought with bayonets on horseback, and this dude knows it. He needs to take a seat and stop trying to spin that hilarious comment from the debate into something it's not. It's a freaking bayonet we're talking about! Relax. No one said burn all bayonets in existence. No one said the military should stop using them. WTF is wrong with people? So because of that one-liner, we are going to have bayonet manufacturers and such flipping out? The bayonet reference was used in conjunction with horses!

629 days ago
137.

Mikey    

Its Over, lets get back to trashing the Lohans and the Kardashians


RASMUSSEN: Romney 50% Obama 46%.
GALLUP: Romney 51% Obama 45%

629 days ago
138.

Mikey    

Maybe we can sell some of the warships we have left and buy Obama phones with the money so everyone can have a free phone!

629 days ago
139.

Carrie    

He said FEWER bayonets, he didn't say ANY. I, for one, will be SO glad when this crap is all over. The bickering, commercials, spin has gotten to a point that I won't watch TV anymore until it is.

629 days ago
140.

Throwback kid    

How would Obama know about bayonets? He wants nothing to do with the US military. He could have saved those 4 Americans who were murdered, all he had to do was call a helicopter strike. Obama seemed more concerned with going to Las Vegas and raise money for himself. It was only after we found out he lied about it that he became concerned. It is one thing being a horrible President but another when he is also a lier

629 days ago
141.

Mumra the Ever Living    

Oh TMZ, what kind of kids do you have interning there now a days? Are you even aware of what bayonets, inc sells? It might interest you to know that Bayonets, Inc, doesn't even sell bayonets anymore !!! They sell crap surplus stuff, probably one guy running it out of his basement. Here take a look.
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http://www.bayonetinc.com/store/
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You know, I own A LOT of what's know as Curio and Relic firearms, both long guns and hand guns, along with authentic, bayonets, ammuntion, rifle slings, holsters and the like.
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Do those out there laughing have any idea what bayonets were like in 1917 vs now? I have a M1870/87/ Swiss Vetterli Rifle made in 1881 and the bayonet is nearly 20" long. The blade for on the bayonet that goes to my 1914 English Enfield Model I mark 3 is slightly over 16 inches long and looks more like a sword than a modern bayonet and when attached to the Mark I makes the rifle over five feet six inches.
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Some of you people have no idea what you are talking about. Are you even aware that some countries, like Czarist Russia didn't even issue ammunition for some of their WW I troop charges? They were supposed to run 100 yards to the other trenches and then engage the enemy in hand to hand combat. They actually had some totally unarmed men follow up the fallen troops to pick up their weapons - and believe me, there were plenty of those since the Germans cut down the Russians with one of those new fangled weapons of war, the Lewis Machine gun.
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President Obama has it right. We don't really use horses except in extraordinary cir***stances, and we don't even issue bayonets anymore to Regular Army troops, Marines get them, Special forces get them.
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It's a funny thing about hatred, it makes you hear what you want to, and believe what deep down inside you know isn't true. Better to just admit to your racism or classism. Better to just say I hate him because he looks different or because he's the wrong religion, or because I've drunk the right wing kool aide. That, I can understand - but to just say things that aren't true because you want to believe it is just stupid.

629 days ago
142.

Cooley    

Obama said there were FEWER bayonets-- not NONE. He never said they were obsolete.

His statement is true. They certainly are no longer the priority weapons.

My goodness, can't people comprehend simple language these days?

629 days ago
143.

Woot    

Hahahaa!!! He said FEWER are in use, which is TRUE, you retardicuhnts!

629 days ago
144.

Yari    

He said fewer!!! Stupid moron!! he neve4r said there was NONE..

629 days ago
145.

Tessa    

If that comment doesn't scream republican {nonsense} I don't know what does.

629 days ago
146.

iluvla    

Did anyone actually WATCH the debate?! Obama didn't say we don't use bayonets he said there are FEWER horses and Bayonets! Get it right!!!!!!

629 days ago
147.

irishapeface    

SERIOUSLY, when was the last time a Bayonet was used in combat??? Someone answer that...It may be a back up in case there is ACTUAL hand to hand combat...but with technology today..when the efff will that actually happen????

629 days ago
148.

leadpaint    

we had bayonets in iraq in 2007. they were in tubs and looked up cause our commander thought we'd hurt ourselves with them. other than basic training i never touch a bayonet stateside or while deployed. i was a combat engineer and spent most of my time off the fobs for those who will bitch. also i think obama got his point across and i do not like him nor romney

629 days ago
149.

karlschneider    

That jarheads and grunts can't understand plain English is hardly a surprise. Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intellect of the average rightwinger or enlistee.

629 days ago
150.

tansubh    

He said FEWER Bayonettes and horses. FEWER. Not 'none', get the transcript.

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