The feds don’t trust their own palace guard
Little ruckus here over discovery that Marines marching in King Putz’s inaugural parade had their rifles disabled so they couldn’t be fired. Apparently, according to a commenter here, the move isn’t unique to Obutthead. Lots of other presidents have done it, too.
I do recall sitting in an armory in full kit at Nixon’s inaugural in 1969. Our rifles were not disabled but we weren’t marching. Our squadron of the 6th Armored Cavalry Regiment was detailed in case there was a riot. There’d been quite a few the previous year after the assassination of Dr. King. We’d been thoroughly trained in riot control and would only have used live ammo as a very last resort. A menacing display of fixed bayonets was first, tear gas was second. But we had copper-jacketed 7.62 mm. And, like the Marines in January, we also carried M-14s.
Nothing happened in 1969 and we all went back to the barracks at Fort Meade and turned in our weapons at the troop armory. The troopies wandered off to Fiddler’s Green to pig out on beer. I went to the O club for a round, then back to the BOQ and went to bed. It had been a long, boring day.