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Marines Disarmed for Obama's Second Inaugural Parade
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Quote:“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.

Someone is getting itchy it seems.

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlic...e-n1509511

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NuJRf7HNVSo
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Unfortunately I can NOT say that this surprises me in the least.Blush
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billamj;78684 Wrote:Unfortunately I can NOT say that this surprises me in the least.Blush

Totally agree, but it's a pretty damned sad day when the government disarms it's own military due to mistrust. They ought to show their "honor guard" some respect.
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Just continuing to test the waters to see how far they can push before being pushed back. Very telling that the current administration doesn't trust it's own military.
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Guys, while I'd love to believe that he was actually scared of a "Anwar Sadat" type scenario, this is actually common for marines when they march in parades. There's nothing to see here, please move along.

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streaker69;78718 Wrote:Guys, while I'd love to believe that he was actually scared of a "Anwar Sadat" type scenario, this is actually common for marines when they march in parades. There's nothing to see here, please move along.

To actually remove the bolt on the M1/M14s* versus just having them locked open? Not sure if that's SOP honestly but the comments in the linked article lead me to believe it's not. Also, bolt removal isn't as easy in an M1/M14* as it is in an AR for example; would be odd to think it's routinely done.

* D'oh, thanks billamj!
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thebearpack;78749 Wrote:
streaker69;78718 Wrote:Guys, while I'd love to believe that he was actually scared of a "Anwar Sadat" type scenario, this is actually common for marines when they march in parades. There's nothing to see here, please move along.

To actually remove the bolt on the M1/M14s* versus just having them locked open? Not sure if that's SOP honestly but the comments in the linked article lead me to believe it's not. Also, bolt removal isn't as easy in an M1/M14* as it is in an AR for example; would be odd to think it's routinely done.

* D'oh, thanks billamj!

Aren't marines able to disassemble/reassemble rifles blindfolded? Is it easy to get their dress uniforms perfect before they march? Is it easy taking a beachhead under fire? I don't see how removing a bolt from a rifle is something that should stop a marine from doing his duty.
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So, am I to believe that marines carried loaded weapons in inaugural parades before this?

I personally don't want the military walking around armed in the homeland.

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JustinHEMI;78778 Wrote:So, am I to believe that marines carried loaded weapons in inaugural parades before this?

I personally don't want the military walking around armed in the homeland.

No, the discussion is about locking the bolt open versus removing, not being loaded versus unloaded.

streaker69;78770 Wrote:Aren't marines able to disassemble/reassemble rifles blindfolded? Is it easy to get their dress uniforms perfect before they march? Is it easy taking a beachhead under fire? I don't see how removing a bolt from a rifle is something that should stop a marine from doing his duty.

That's all true, but what's the point? Unloaded is unloaded. Bolt locked back on an empty chamber is as unloaded as you're going to get.

Besides, the real issue is whether this is an extra step they had to take because of this POTUS. In other words, if every other POTUS previous was okay with bolts locked back but this one demands bolts be removed, then that IS a story. See what I mean?
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So, then it's meaningless. If it isn't loaded vs unloading, then I fail to see the bitch.

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