Having read this, many innocent readers no doubt shared Lautenberg's supposed outrage. But those who bothered to check Lautenberg's facts discovered a cleverly worded deception. The supposed $76 million giveaway had been the cost, many years before, of the 176,000 rifles--military rifles that were long since obsolete and scheduled for destruction, as was the equally outdated ammo. In fact, the cost of destroying those rifles would perhaps have been in the millions, but congressional watchdogs introduced the very legislation Lautenberg deplored to save taxpayers the money by putting the rifles and ammo in the hands of qualified organizations like the Boy Scouts, to be used for teaching gun safety and other worthwhile marksmanship programs. Clearly a win/win situation for everyone except Lautenberg and his cronies.