USMC vs. Secret Service?

Disabled Marine rifles at inauguration signal shift in administration policy

“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

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.

Wondering if this may be an inauguration policy of long standing that
transcends administrations, Gun Rights Examiner made a cursory search
and found something even more curious. In the 2009 Inaugural Parade, the
United States Navy marched with rifles that had not been so disabled
(see 1:24 into that video plus the final slide).

This raises the question of why the administration felt it necessary to
make this change now, particularly with concerns being raised about
military involvement in domestic affairs, litmus tests on top brass
willingness to fire on American citizens alleged by a heretofore
prominent and credible Nobel Prize nominee, a "terrorism" policy that
allows for assassinating Americans without due process, rising concerns
over deployment of domestic drones, and publicized opposition among many
in the USMC to presidential policies such as women in combat, as well
as having been the most resistant military branch to ending “don’t ask,
don’t tell.”

Add to this concerns over administration agencies buying up ammunition
in massive quantities, the renewed destruction of expended military
ammunition brass in contravention of the Defense Appropriations Act, and
Obama’s post-election confidence in dropping the mask on his previously
“under the radar” citizen disarmament plans, and the change becomes
another piece that fits in a puzzle that’s forming an increasingly
disturbing picture.

Unsurprisingly, a Google news feed search finds no reports on inaugural
Marine disarmament in the “Authorized Journalist” media. Chances are,
most of them aren’t qualified to notice such things, and that it doesn’t
serve the agenda of those who are to point such things out.