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Dishonoring the Corps; Marines in inaugural parade had bolts removed from their rifles

Written By: Bob - Feb• 09•13
Dishonored and disarmed: President Obama's second inauguration marks the first know time in American history that a President has had military rifles disabled for a public 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.

David Codrea has revealed that President Obama has so little regard for the United States Marines risking their lives under his command life that they were forced to dismantle their already empty parade rifles for his second inauguration parade. This is nothing less than 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.

Obama doesn’t trust the very men who put their lives on the line to serve their country. I guess it shouldn’t be that much of a shock. Untrustworthy people find it very difficult to believe that other men have honor.

Update: Some are claiming that this is “standard operating procedure” carried out in inaugural parades for previous President’s as well. In the interests of balance and fairness, I’ll be happy to post verifiable photos of earlier inaugural parades that similarly show this practice is consistent among previous Presidents.

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  1. TexasPatriot says:

    I’m no fan of our current administration, however, this is a inflamatory claim not based in fact. I surmise that this was a Marine Corps unit-level decision since other Marines in the parade, as well as my former Army outfit, The Old Guard, plus Air Force and Navy units were all carrying weapons with bolts installed and closed. The ONLY other unit I can identify as NOT having bolts in their rifles are U.S. Military Academy Cadets. Go to this website and review the pictures for yourself.

  2. TexasPatriot says:

    It does our cause no good to make statements like: “Apparently Obama’s Secret Service doesn’t trust the USMC…” without doing a little research. Liberals hate facts more than anything.

    • Steven says:

      No, the conservatives are the ones who hate facts more than anything. They don’t recognize facts even as they are about to slap them upside the head with the truth.

      • TexasPatriot says:

        Do you have any facts to back that statement, or is it just hot air?

      • tom ciryak says:

        Nothing wrong with being a conservative in this day and age. Liberals for way to long have been the party of do nothing and spend like crazy. Who took our Social Security and made it an entitlement? Govt adds nothing to the fund but sure spends it like it’s theirs.

  3. Norm Waaks says:

    He won. Get over it.

    I never saw the Commander in Chief’s role as having to kiss up to the military.

    • Andrew Payne says:

      You have obviously never served in the military. However, I will concur with you that the role of the Commander in Chief is not to kiss up to the military branches. With that said though, there is a very distinct difference from “kissing up to” and “earning the respect” of the very same volunteers that willingly put themselves in harms way at his command. It’s a sad day indeed that the very man whose picture stands at the top of the “Chain of Command wall” in every American military or federal building, either here or abroad, chooses to not trust the highly trained military men and women of our country…especially the Marines.

  4. betty b rown says:

    I am just an old girl who agrees with you. Good for you.

  5. Gregory DAiuto says:

    Why should anyone be surprised at this president who thought it was more important to go to Las Vegas and campaign and do nothing to help our ambassador and get him killed along with 3 other americans. he should be Impeached!!!

  6. Robert Leiker says:

    When will impeachment proceedings begin. The preponderance of evidence is that he is a consummate liar, he is dividing the country, appointing muslims (islamic symphasizers) to his cabinet and is slowly working to gain control of the people by offering government benefits and services so that he can control the voting. Our country is going to hell in a handbasket and congress sits by and allows it to happen. When will they face up to the fact that there are three branches of government under the constitution and congress can gain control by defunding the Executive branch.

  7. Kurt Montandon says:

    M-16 and M-203 rifles were like extra appendages. “I rarely hug guns,” Mrs. Bush said, flinching when she found one over the arm of one Marine. “You know their guns are all plastic,” she added. Bolts and magazines had been removed and carefully pocketed for the visit….

    Why did George H. W. and Barbara Bush hate America so much?

    • Ernest Leep says:

      Kurt that’s because those soldiers were in the immediate area of the President. You have to be thoroughly vetted before you are authorized to have a loaded weapon on the presence of the President. I know because a member of my family was one of approx 300 individuals with such authorization.

      As for the parade, I am surprised the Marines don’t have their bolts but wouldn’t make too big of a deal out of it.

  8. Notadouche says:

    Everyone calm down. They don’t give soldiers in a military march drills/parades live fire weapons. Never have. I’ve personally marched as a soldiers in multiple parades in over 10 years, and the weapons you carried would only be useful as a bludgeoning device. I find it laughable that conservatives keep grasping at this minor bullcrap as some major “ah-ha!” moment, when what you should really be upset about is the murder of an ambassador, and did nothing but masterbate each other on Capitol Hill. THAT is a real ah-ha moment. BTW, I’m a conservative myself, so I can call it the way I really see it.


    During junior and senior years in high school (1956-1958)

  10. CWO3 Kevin O'Malley, USMC (Ret) says:

    The two companies of Marines stationed at Marine Barracks, Washingtong (oldest post of the Corps) carry M1 Garand rifles, which are used by the Silent Drill Platoon. At the SDP’s events, the MC proudly announces that these are
    fully functional weapons – not parade weapons you’ll see
    carried by VFW, etc. But removing bolts is not necessary if no one has ammo or ammo clips. Obozo would not make a pimple on the a*s of a USMC private. Sad, but true. Semper Fi.

  11. Thomas Lakey says:

    It doesn’t surprise me that he doesn’t rust anyone but his Muslim brothers; I wonder how many of his secret Service guards are Muslim? He knows that most people don’t like him no matter what the liberal media poll show and he is scared he will be shot like so many REAL Presidents have been in the past. No one really respects him but we do respect the office and I wouldn’t want to see anything happen to him but a legal impeachment. Is a shame when the President of our great country is so afraid of the people that he doesn’t even trust the military who would lay down their lives to protect him even if they don’t respect him? It’s a sad day for America, God Bless out troops and the US Marine Corps! Obumer take a long hike and don’t come back and take the crazy Biden with you please!

  12. Dustin R says:

    uh this is normal …. decommission guns if not fake guns are used during parades and celebrations …. hence their name parade guns ….. you can not disarm a disarmed man…..this is just GOP spin and i expect some GOP lacky will be deleting this post faster than i could type it out….this policy is a safety measure(its been in play for decades) … as you see them twirl a gun around …. ever thought if it was loaded and this marine dropped it …. it could go off killing spectators ….this has been policy for DECADES….not to mention no one in the military wants to fire a gun in their Class A uniforms …. come on people use your brains that empty space between your ears…..i know children that wouldn’t fall from this GOP spin but yet countless morons did ….sad sad day for EDUCATION

  13. George Lewis says:

    Why are the Marines carring the M-14 Rifle which was removed from the weapons of choice in the mid 60’s?

  14. Richie says:

    This picture is from this years inaugural parade. Hmmmm which picture is real?

    also here

    Look at this inaugural parade in 2009 clip. Go full screen and stop it at the 1:07 point I see no closed bolts but open breeches also.

    Look at this…no bolts in rifles of Army Drill Team

  15. Paul says:

    You need to check the Marine Manual for Parades and Ceremonies Appendix A, Page26. The Cartridge is kept in your belt unless the order to “Load” is given Even then the Cartridge is filled with blank shells.(sec. A-24-E) Only the Seven members of the Ceremonial Firing salute have live rounds in their belt and even they only load three live and the rest blank to maintain tension (sec.26000-3-3). Just thought you would what to know. Simper Fi. Also it is very likely that these are “Parade Rifles” Stripped down for weight and “Dry” with no oil. (“Parade Rifles”. The bolts, ammunition, and often times the entire trigger mechanism is removed to make the rifle lighter. Also they are also cleaner as no oil and powder residue means no stains on the dress uniform” Supporting the Second Amendment shouldn’t be pissing match.

  16. Phil Wolcott, CT says:

    I suggest all Veterans make sure that they clearly state that the bolts are to be removed and only imaginary blanks are fired at their funeral.

    Fock You Obama!!

  17. Richie says:

    Did you look at the picture of the Marines at the inaugural parade taken by U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Wesley Farnsworth? The bolts are IN their M1 Garands. So are the bolts in the other services except the Academy Cadets.. Kinda shoots down the whole conspiracy theory.
    Here is the URL again:

    The podium and the reviewing stand both had bullet proof glass. Why would the president fear being shot by military participants in the parade? Secret Service agents used five tons of “transparent armor” to erect a virtually impenetrable shield around him which was designed to protect against a chemical attack as well as gunshots. There have been numerous threats against the president in the past as well as so-called Internet “chatter” on white supremacist websites.

    “…There are these small groups of ideologically motivated extremists on the radical right in America but you also have got the possibility that extremists sympathetic to al-Qaeda might try to do something…”

    During Nixon’s inaugural parade in 1969. “BULLETPROOF GLASS SHIELDS STANDS Inaugural Security Tightest In History”
    “….The 10,000 regular troops of the military district of Washington lined the two-mile parade route although they carried no weapons…”,2852291

    With the number of sick people running around with guns, all these precautions have unfortunately become necessary.
    Just look at some of the vitriolic hate being spewed on some of these comments here and elsewhere by people who consider themselves patriots.

  18. Richie says:

    p.s. Does look like he would have been afraid of being shot by the military?

    After reading all this hullabaloo on this non-issue, I think I’m going to get one of those bumper stickers that says “Critical thinking: the other national deficit.”