Let’s see where this goes if anywhere. The Media Research Channel – certainly a right-of-center outfit – interviewed a man today who claims his son is a Marine based at the Navy Yard, and at the time of the shooting they had firearms, but no ammunition.
There seemed to be a select few security folks staffed at the Navy Yard who engaged the shooter, and some District cops as well. We all know the government does not allow firearms to be carried on any military base unless a service member is specifically attached to a law enforcement roll. This is nothing new. Others that carry on base are local or state law enforcement.
In this video, a man claimed his son – who is probably very well trained in engaging hostiles in the open and in close quarters – had access to firearms, but no ammunition to take on the shooter. This seems entirely plausible, and maybe it’s about time they start reviewing the policy about carrying on military bases. We’ve had two very serious incidents resulting in the death of 25 people and many injured on military bases within four years. I remind you, neither shooter at either base used a rifle during the shooting.
Quote from the video…
My son was at Marine barracks – at the Navy Yard yesterday – and they had weapons with them, but they didn’t have ammunition. And they said, we [they] were trained, and if we had the ammunition, we could have cleared that building. Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could’ve stopped the rest of it.