Published: 8/5/2022 2:15:13 PM
Modified: 8/5/2022 2:12:07 PM
Paying Homage to the rifles of WWII, Korea and Vietnam

Heaven forbid in this day and age of progressivism and intelligent thinking that someone would be foolish enough and have the brazen audacity to suggest that Congress set aside a day of the year to pay respect to a rifle and its designers and manufacturers that brought it to fruition. I suppose the legendary documentarian Ken Burns might be able to “get-away-with-it” and avoid incarceration and the destruction of his personal reputation and that of his family, friends, and associates. Maybe.

The M1 Rifle, the 30-caliber Garand, was introduced to the field of battle around 1938-39. Winchester developed the cartridge and the Springfield Armory cranked many of them out to replace the heavier version bolt action .30-06. Paratroopers landed with the Garand at-the-ready during the Battle of the Bulge. The M1 was dependable, light, compact and accurate up to 300 yards. This was the workhorse of the infantry, the tool that liberated the concentration camps, that freed central Europe, and that saved the others soldiers’ lives. Bows and arrows and sling shots didn’t do the hard work of fighting for freedom.

And companies like Winchester, Remington, Savage, Colt, Ruger, Springfield Armory, to mention a few, employed dedicated workers around the clock to produce the precision weapons like the M1, M4, the Browning B.A.R. and the Colt .45 sidearm. Quality control was first rate as workers were conscientious knowing what rested on their products.

So, does it really seem so far-fetched to set a day aside to pay respect to the weapons and these workers that helped save the West? (That’s West as in Western Civilization). During this day of homage school children could be taught gun safety and the proper use of firearms. Like the Swiss, we too could become a country of knowledgeable and safe gun owners. We teach children more about the safe use of power tools than we do about firearms. Remember, it’s the operator of the tool, not the firearm or saw, that harms and kills. Education and the eradication of gratuitous violent movies and videos are the solutions to reducing gun violence.

Brad Brigham

Colrain


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