Insulting: Marines Forced to Dismantle their Empty Parade Rifles for Obama’s Second Inauguration Parade

Making the rounds on several conservative blogs, this weekend is the revelation that Obama, the Commander in Chief,  forced the United States Marines to dismantle their already empty parade rifles for his second inauguration parade.

As Bob Owens so aptly put it, this is  a slap in the face of the Corps:

“Didn’t know the Marines had to take the bolts out of their rifles for the Inaugural,” an email forwarded to Gun Rights Examiner from a United States Marine Corps source observed. “Wonder if someone can explain why [they] would be marching in the inaugural parade with no bolts in their rifles!”

The email linked to a YouTube video of the 57th Presidential Inaugural Parade, embedded in this column, featuring Bravo Company Marines from the Marine Barracks Washington. Sure enough, the observation in the email is confirmed by watching the video, with screen shots provided in the photo and slide show accompanying this article.

This prompted an internet search to see if others had also noticed, and the Blur-Brain blog had.

“The bolts have been removed from the rifles rendering them unable to fire a round,” the post stated. “Apparently Obama’s Secret Service doesn’t trust the USMC. Simply searching each guy to make sure he didn’t have a live round hidden on him wasn’t enough, they had to make sure the guns were inoperable

Of all the branches of the military, the Marines could be the most anti-Obama, as this Marine Times report from March 2012 suggested:


It should be remembered that in 2009, the Dept of Homeland Security issued a report that included a warning that returning military veterans could become dangerous “right wing extremists.”

As Gateway Pundit reminds us, in March 2012, Marines were told to leave their weapons outside the tent during Leon Panetta’s speech in Afghanistan.

This video from 5/2009 provides a good compare/contrast of the Marines reacting to Bush vs Obama, indicating  where most Marines stand on their current Commander in Chief.

We are definitely living in a different era.


Some commenters at various sites (including mine) are claiming that the removal of bolts from their rifles is standard operating procedure for these types of events with the POTUS – (with the exception of GW, I think.) If true, I’m sure there are photos of Marines with dismantled rifles at events with past presidents that will appear to prove it.

Linked by Michelle Malkin, and Doug Ross, thanks!

12 thoughts on “Insulting: Marines Forced to Dismantle their Empty Parade Rifles for Obama’s Second Inauguration Parade

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  2. Not an Obama fan, but this isn’t new. When I was a cadet at West Point in 1986 we did a parade for President Reagan. We had to remove the firing pins from our rifles and couldn’t fix bayonets. This is SOP, not an Obama thing. There is enough to not like about the current POTUS without resorting to criticism for something every previous President has done.


  3. It has to be a dopey lib genetic gnome flaw. . . . . “Guns and the Military”.

    Panetta testifies that the Military isn’t 9-11 the other day. Oh really? If not them, then who? You also have the other pathetic dopey lib in NYC, BloomTurd. He refused to deploy the National Guard in the City with weapons after Hurricane Sandy with weapons. So it just begs the question what are all of those Guardsmen carrying, who supplement and work with the NYPD as part of Homeland security? Hockey sticks? Look just like M-16’s and sidearms to me.


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  6. @LTC F, thanks for the confirmation. No one is the wiser to a firing pin removed, but the entire bolt is obvious. Maybe the USMC was making a statement. Perhaps a reverse Alinsky to O.


  7. Deb, did a parade the VP was at with my musket as part of my reenactment group a few years back. We had all of our gear searched so as to make sure our cartridge box and cap pouches were empty. We also removed the nipple cone (where the percussion cap goes) from our guns. We were told SOP so I reckon that is what it was. From far away, the lack of the cone isn’t very evident so it wasn’t a huge deal aesthetically.


  8. This bolt thing is BS. Never happened to other presidents. Obama like Panetta know what they’re popularity is, and they will stoop to any level to insure their worthless skins. And cadets normally parade before high ranking officials with their firing pins in their rifles.


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  11. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this event has nothing to do with Obama, or with gun rights or any other nonsense you want to think of.

    It is and has been for many years now the policy of the Secret Service to disable weapons in ceremonies involving the president. As a Marine, we also had to disable our rifles during a presidential visit and this was many years ago.

    The Secret Service takes their job very seriously and this is a safety issue and not a political issue.


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