Friday, December 04, 2009

Selling guns to a nutcase

Funny, the feds never run background checks before selling guns. And they have no problems selling to homicidal nutcases.

But, as an American under the supposed protection of the Second Amendment, your federal government is convinced that you are a criminal until you can prove otherwise.

So much for a constitution.

And, keep in mind, the weapons will be sold for peace. Or at least that is what we are told. In the end, the weapons will be sold to benefit the military industrial machine. And no one else.

From The Columbus Dispatch:

Ohio-Serbian military partnership thrives
Thursday, December 3, 2009 3:20 AM
Jeb Phillips

Serbian Maj. Gen. Aleksandar Zivkovic gets tips from Sgt. Andrew Loader on shooting a simulated missile launcher.

Before the Serbian minister of defense took questions at Rickenbacker Air National Guard Base, he made sure everyone knew he had outshot an Ohio soldier on the simulated gun range.

"10.4 seconds," said Dragan Sutanovac of the time it took him to hit all of the targets.

"Put down that it was 10.4 minutes," said Maj. Gen. Gregory Wayt, the Ohio National Guard's adjutant general and a kind of tour guide yesterday for the defense minister.

They laughed, Wayt slapped Sutanovac on the back, and Sutanovac called Wayt "Waytovich."

More than anything else, that shared goodwill was why a high-ranking Serbian delegation made the trip to Columbus this week.

Since 2006, the Ohio National Guard has worked with the Republic of Serbia, population about 7.4 million, as part of a national partnership program. The federal National Guard Bureau started the program in 1993 to link the defense ministries of young democracies in central and eastern Europe with state National Guards.

The idea, at least in part, was to promote peace and national security in that part of the world.

The Ohio National Guard continues a relationship with its first partner, Hungary. But over the past three years, the Serbian military and the Ohio National Guard have worked together 85 times. They've trained together in Michigan and rehabilitated schools in Serbia.

Before this week, no Serbian department minister had visited the United States in 25 years. Sutanovac started out in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. secretary of defense and other officials, then made his way to see his Ohio partners.

The Ohio partners appeared to be showing off a little yesterday. In a hangar at Rickenbacker, they set up the simulated gun range, a simulated shoulder-mounted missile launcher and a high-tech mobile medical station.

The Serbian ambassador to the United States, Vladimir Petrovic, climbed into a Bradley Fighting Vehicle also on display. Maj. Gen. Aleksandar Zivkovic, commander of the Serbian training command, tried to hit a simulated helicopter with the simulated missile launcher. Time ran out on the exercise twice before he could fire.

"Too short for me," he said in English. A little later, he said through a translator that he was learning what good tools simulators could be.

As show-and-tell seemed to be winding down yesterday afternoon, the Serbian defense minister was back at the simulated gun range with a pistol. Once again, he hit all the targets faster than an Ohio soldier.

Full of goodwill, he twirled around and smiled.

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