DC Mayor Says Sequester May Have Played Role in Navy Yard Shootings


Washington D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray suggested sequestration may have played a role in the Navy Yard shootings Tuesday on CNN.

Mayor Gray indicated the automatic budget cuts may have resulted in the government skimping on security measures around the Naval Sea Systems Command building:

CHRIS CUOMO: What’s your best explanation at this point? Is this about some private contractor not doing their job well, is this about policy, is this about money, what do you think? Because this is not one of these random events where could his mental health have been better, could we have kept him out of the general population? This is about a process where he got the access that he shouldn’t have had. What’s your best chance?

VINCENT GRAY: It’s hard to know, we’ll continue with this investigation. But certainly as I look at, for example, sequestration which is about saving money in the federal government being spent, have 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.