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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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181.

Mo    

Obama said we have "fewer" bayonets....which doesn't mean that they have been completely out of use. Dan Riker appears to be yet another Obama hater grasping at straws....

543 days ago
182.

joe    

Another group of people making something out of nothing

543 days ago
183.

renae    

What a stupid response! Even if this idiot took it seriously (as it seems he's doing) Obama said FEWER bayonets not no bayonets! instead of saying the Prez should educate himself , maybe Mr. Riker should work on his listening and comprehension skills.

Riker shouldn't be allowed to vote....or breed. Idiocy like his is frightening.

543 days ago
184.

Lynn    

Another reason that EVERY president should have to have served in the military!!!! If they "love" this country so much, why were they unwilling to protect it?

543 days ago
185.

Joseph    

And the rednecks totally misheard the statement . . he said they dont have as many as in 1916 . . get it right, he didnt say they are not used . . geez

543 days ago
186.

Kris    

MORON!!! Obviously becuase Dan is biased against Obama, he felt the need to try to belittle what the President said. I'm not a fan of either candidate, but the point of the matter is that Obama said there are FEWER bayonets. Awfully arrogant to tell someone to get educated, when it's apparent he's the one who can't read, or understand the context of the quote.

543 days ago
187.

MADE MAN    

Never bring a knife to a gun fight

543 days ago
188.

Lucky_130    

I bet Obama stinks at playing Poker, and acidentally tells people what cards he is holding, stupidly thinking it gives him an edge.

543 days ago
189.

bill    

FBO

543 days ago
190.

Sonofavet    

The POTUS would be wise to stay away from RELEVANT and FEWER, and just stick to OPTIMAL.

543 days ago
191.

It's Dave    

It's not about bayonets. It's about across the board defense cuts which are scheduled to go in to effect in 2013. But does that get discussed? No! All that gets discussed is an idiotic sound bite about bayonets that Obama threw out like a piece of meat to the hungry dogs to distract from the actual issue at hand.

543 days ago
192.

Linda    

In addition a navy with no ships means we cannot transport troops. Does Obama know nothing....seriously? There has been no modern development that allows for large numbers of troops to be transported quickly to a trouble area. Ships are needed to transport equipment and personnel and that has not changed.

542 days ago
193.

Tara    

This Riker guy is a joke.

542 days ago
194.

NavyMan    

The last usage of Bayonets was Benghazi, where abandoned SEALS and Marines without ammo fought for 7 hours while Obama dithered, unable to make up his mind to support our people at the Embassy, with Air assets only a hour away.

542 days ago
195.

Carol McCrarey    

Mr. Riker clearly was no Obama fan even before the remark was made or else he would have paid attention. Obama did not say there were no bayonets but that there were fewer. This comment is true. Riker just wanted some attention.

542 days ago
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