“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 were trained, and if we had the ammunition, we could’ve cleared that building.’ Only three people had been shot at that time, and they could’ve stopped the rest of it.”
CNS News goes on to note specifically why the Marines didn’t have ammunition.
Back in 1993, the Clinton administration virtually declared military establishments “gun-free zones.” As a result, the policy banned “military personnel from carrying their own personal firearms and mandates that ‘a credible and specific threat against [Department of the Army] personnel [exist] in that region” before military personnel ‘may be authorized to carry firearms for personal protection.” Indeed, most military bases have relatively few military police as they are in heavy demand to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan,” according to economist John Lott.
Lott also goes on to note that with just two exceptions in the 63 years since 1950 (the Gabby Giffords attack in Tucson, AZ and a an attack an IHOP in Carson City, NV, both in 2011), every mass murder with a gun where more than 3 people were killed occurred in a so-called “gun free zone.”