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.
“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.”
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.