JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/06/paul-helmke-and-super-dangerous-weapons.html (9 comments)

  Tentative mapping of comments to original article, corrections solicited.

jsid-1213325189-593028  Randy at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 02:46:29 +0000

They apparently recovered them, thanks to the guy who picked them up off the highway:


"Hill gets its M-16s back, along with a letter of apology"

H/T to Military.com

jsid-1213326566-593029  Kevin Baker at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 03:09:26 +0000

Damn. I so wanted Helmke to have kittens!

jsid-1213331151-593031  Nate at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 04:25:51 +0000

The guy that picked them up, picked them up from an intersection ON BASE, kept them 24 hours, then secretly returned them once reality set in.

He's going to get caught and should be going to jail shortly.

jsid-1213336146-593032  Mark at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 05:49:06 +0000

M-4A1s cost Uncle Sam roughly $1300 each.
NSN 1005-01-382-0953

jsid-1213357922-593033  Steve Aitken at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 11:52:02 +0000

Surely the guy that lost them "Transferred a machine gun (or twelve)".

After Olofson, and using the self-same logic of BATFE in that case, why isn't there a new prosecution?

jsid-1213368007-593041  Kevin Baker at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 14:40:07 +0000

Yeah, Steve, that thought occurred to me as well.

jsid-1213376887-593061  Jay G. at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:08:07 +0000

What I want to know is, where do they come up with the $5K figure?

I mean, I know where they got it - PFA - but I'd like to see the math.

Given that: A semi-auto AR-15 runs roughly around a grand;


A transferrable M-16 runs roughly $10K;

Where does $5K come from?

It's about half of the legal transferrable full-auto gun. It's five times the semi-auto gun.

Let's be honest here - the only people who would buy this would be hard-core felons. No one in their right mind would buy a black market machine gun - the stakes are FAR too high.

So why $5K?

Why not $50K?

Or a hundred kabillion zillion dollars?

jsid-1213377478-593062  Kevin Baker at Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:17:58 +0000

My guess is that they have actual data on what black-market machineguns sell for.

jsid-1213549619-593170  GrumpyOldFart at Sun, 15 Jun 2008 17:06:59 +0000

Hmmm... I'm thinking the "super dangerous weapons" he's REALLY afraid of are 1)The brains to tell when you're getting screwed, and 2) the strength of will to do something about it.

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