Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Marines Claim They Could Have Cleared Building If They Had Only Had Some Ammo

Glenn Reynolds noted this story from CNS News:
"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." 
He then compares this to the tower shooting at the University of Texas in 1966:

As [Officer Houston McCoy] drove, he made out the word "shooting," and that was all he knew when he arrived with a .38-caliber pistol and a 12-gauge shotgun. He made it to the base of the tower but, because of its design, couldn't pick out a doorway. He glanced up and saw the twenty-seven floors of windows and felt "like there was a radical with a machine gun behind each window." He left, stumbled into a student who said he had a high-powered rifle in his room, and drove the kid to get it. ... "I was confused, bewildered, and bumfuzzled," he allows. What he did notice was a round ripping through his friend Billy Speed. Houston handed the rifle back to the student, who asked if he should shoot to kill. Houston answered, "Shoot the shit out of him." It was now 12:08. 
... Meanwhile, Houston McCoy ferried another student to get guns and ammunition. After the first fifteen minutes, the sniper was pinned down by students and other civilians who'd spontaneously flocked to the university area with deer rifles. McCoy then found a university employee who knew the tunnels of the campus, and he plodded through them, with his shotgun off safety, to the tower. The sniper had been killing for more than an hour now.
The story goes on to note a couple of other civilians that assisted in taking the tower.

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