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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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226.

Miarohan    

Obama said that there were LESS of them. He is right, not ignorant. Some people need to get a life.

732 days ago
227.

leddy    

Don Riker is not voting for Obama "and I didn't vote for him last election either."
....and President Obama is the ignorant one?

732 days ago
228.

leddy    

Don Riker is not voting for Obama "and I didn't vote for him last election either."
....and President Obama is the ignorant one?

732 days ago
229.

Mya    

Please get real, Obama said "we also have fewer horses and bayonets" he did not say they no longer exist!!!

732 days ago
230.

Jim    

"Obviously there are WAY less bayonets than there were back in the day."

Back then as defined in the debate was 1916 and in 1916 there were around 100,000 in the Army and 13,725 Marines. Today's USMC has 202,000 men and every single one goes through bayonet training and all Marines are issued a rifle and a bayonet. The Army by the way no longer trains in bayonet fighting but has nearly 500,000 bayonets in stock and they are issued to Combat Arms types.

Obama was flat wrong.

732 days ago
231.

LB    

this is DUMB.....he said fewer bayonets used !
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732 days ago
232.

LB    

seriously ? no you people are serious riiiiiiiight ????
the president said there are less horses and Bayonets ! i mean i believe there are also still horses that are not used in the military but there are most definitively less ! LOL
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732 days ago
233.

Dover    

This comes from the department of "I am too stupid to understand the context of the phrase"

Obama killed it in the last two debates. Romney will go down in history as dumber than Bush and a bigger liar than Nixon.

732 days ago
234.

JimC    

I'm sure the militia (read redneck) all have their bayonets and consider them necessary to lookjing like a real soldier while real soldiers sit in Colorado flying drones over Pakistan. You really can't fix stupid and williard and his rednecks backers are stupid.

732 days ago
235.

Pittsburgh Storm    

Obama is a no good, IGNORANT, arrogant piece of sh*t who has lost respect of the international community for our country, ruined our rep and is single-handedly destroying everything this nation was built on. God help us if he gets 4 more years. UGH...

732 days ago
236.

jdjd    

POTUS said "fewer bayonets" not "no bayonets". The ignorant one in this story is Dan Riker. So, what do you do? Of course, you give the true ignorant Mr. Riker his 15 minutes of fame. Why? Just why...

732 days ago
237.

Jay    

This is nothing compared to comment about the Navy not needing new funding, when his administration has recently handed out almost $1b in navy contracts. The man needs to learn the word truth!

732 days ago
238.

amanda    


He said FEWER...WE USE FEWER...not we don't use horses and beyonets at all..."Get the transcript".

732 days ago
239.

Lori    

Why is everyone so upset about this?! He didn't say they were not used. He just said fewer. He was commenting on the spending and how we don"t need to spend as much on some items as newer technology or different needs become apparent .

732 days ago
240.

CPhilano    

President Obama didn't say that we didn't use bayonets. He said that we have fewer bayonet's than we use to have. I swear people can not understand English and love to create false statements.

732 days ago
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