The mayor of Washington, D.C., on Tuesday said federal budget cuts might played a role in thedeaths of the shooting victims of Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard.
But in the interview with CNN, Democrat Mayor Vincent Gray offered nothing to back up the suggestion that the gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, was able to get onto the base because of budget cuts or sequester that went into effect in January.
Alexis had a “pattern of misconduct” while he served in the Navy, but he received an honorable discharge in January 2011 and remained a member of the ready reserve, meaning he could be called back into service if the need arose.
At the time of the shooting, he was working for a military subcontractor, which gave him access to the secured base.
“We’re continuing this investigation. But certainly, as I look at for example sequestration, which is about saving money in the federal government being spent, that we somehow skimped on what would be available for projects like this, and then we put people at risk.
“Obviously, 12 people have paid the ultimate price for whatever — you know, whatever was done to have this man on the base.”
Liberal groups floated similar suggestions after the deaths of 19 firefighters in Arizona on June 30. They didn’t have anything to back that up, either.