Obama Required USMC Ceremonial Marchers Remove Bolts from Rifles During Inaugural Parade

Dishonored and disarmed: Bolts are clearly missing from these Marine rifles during President Obama’s inauguration parade. This is an unmistakable insult to the honor of the Marine Corps. (Bob Owens)

It seems like every day I wake up to discover another new brazen affront to our nation’s institutions and honor by Obama and his minions.

Apparently Obama required the USMC’s Bravo Company Ceremonial Marchers to remove the bolts from their M1 Garand rifles during the Inaugural parade. A rifle is useless without the bolt, albeit for a club, or affixing a bayonet.

The Marines that march in honor guard units like the USMC’s Bravo Company Ceremonial Marchers are the cream of the crop, the best of the best. Here’s a bit of background on the Bravo Company Ceremonial Marchers from the Marine Barracks’ website:

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Platoons are provisional infantry platoons that are responsible for executing a wide variety of ceremonies in the National Capitol Region. Each marcher is hand selected while attending the School of Infantry (SOI). Each Marine is screened and selected primarily on their military appearance, height, and their ability to meet certain background criteria. After the completion of SOI, they report directly to the Marine Barracks where they will generally serve for two years and then rotate to the Operating Forces.

The highest caliber Ceremonial Marchers are selected to perform on firing parties that render honors to the fallen Marines at their funerals. Also, some marchers are chosen to be a part of the Dover Dignified Transfer Teams that transfer the caskets of every Marine killed in action overseas.

Bravo Company Marines are all infantryman, therefore they must maintain proficiency in their infantry skills while stationed at the Marine Barracks. The company conducts field training and live-fire exercises throughout the year so that each Marine is well prepared to join the Operating Forces and fight the Global War on Terror.

I really find this story disgusting. The United States Marines swear an oath, onto death, to defend, protect and preserve the Constitution of the United States, and to PROTECT THE PRESIDENT!  This is just unbelievable. Is the “president” that paranoid? Or is it another subliminal attempt by the administration to demonize guns themselves? Or the Marines? Or both?

The Examiner reported:

“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.”

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.

h/t: Gateway Pundit

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