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10/23/2012 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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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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Scrum    

This is a stupid non-story.

640 days ago
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Tracy    

Oh, FFS. Eyeroll.

640 days ago
18.

Barb    

With the preponderance of high-tech weapons and warfare, this is a stupid issue. Who would make it one? Oh yeah, the Republicans.

640 days ago
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LIVNLRN19    

Big Sh---t - Couldn't be worse than Romney degrading women. BTW TMZ are you on Romney's payroll??????

640 days ago
20.

Kelly    

Is the soldier too stupid to grasp a concept? Who cares what he thinks?

640 days ago
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paul a.    

Obama is a bone head......

640 days ago
22.

Rocco    

Pardon me while I yawn.

640 days ago
23.

Quinn    

Its hard to find military personnel who will vote for Obama. I know I won't and there is not another service member I know who would either.

640 days ago
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Mike44090    

TMZ, do you make a story out of every clown that calls you? Bayonet Inc. is nothing more than an small town army surpluss store you can find in many small towns in the US. There is one a few miles from me, why not contact them and get their opinion on what the President said, it could be another EXCLUSIVE!!!!! http://davesarmynavy.com/

640 days ago
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frankie805    

I think i figured out Donald Trumps secret weapon, he is getting the bayonet community against Obama.......

640 days ago
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BigShweezy    

Way to COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT. Obama said we have less bayonets, not that the modern military does not use them anymore. The point is, our military capability is not as simple as counting the number of ships vs the number in the past.

640 days ago
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STFUP    

Our soldiers still use bayonets... in training. When was the last time one was actually used in combat? It's been a LONG time.

640 days ago
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Rhubino    

And once again a point well made is taken far too literally by about half the population. Kind of like how good sarcasm is lost on about half of TMZ readers. I'll be SO glad with this election is over and we get back to normal the normal day to day BS, not this hyper sensitive partisan nonsense.

640 days ago
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Phreaky    

Who would have thought these big bad men that sell bayonets would get all butt hurt over a comment saying we have less now that a hundred years ago.
What a bunch of wimps.

640 days ago
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BigShweezy    

TMZ, you suck at politics. Stick to exploiting Honey Boo Boo and other reality TV losers.

640 days ago
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