Honestly, I think it’s absurd that David Gregory is being investigated for brandishing what appears to be a 30-round box magazine on the air while he was physically in the District of Columbia, not because of who he is, but rather because the law is stupid. According to Politico, he was warned by the DC police;
“NBC contacted [the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department] inquiring if they could utilize a high capacity magazine for their segment,” Gwendolyn Crump, a police spokeswoman, said in an email. “NBC was informed that possession of a high capacity magazine is not permissible and their request was denied. This matter is currently being investigated.”
But, I guess Gregory thought that his point was too important and that he is above the law, so yeah, he should be arrested. But the law is stupid. In Maryland, a loaded magazine in a vehicle is considered to be a loaded weapon even if there’s no weapon in a vehicle that can be attached to the magazine. That’s stupid but not as stupid as considering an unloaded magazine to be a loaded weapon.
Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post, on his own blog, the Daily Download, says that the anti-gun control crowd are out of control and that we should “Free David Gregory”;
Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one. Was Gregory being aggressive with the NRA chief, or seeming to push gun control in a confrontational interview? All that is up for debate.
But a police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time. What it demonstrates above all is that journalists are getting ensnared in the political war over gun control.
How about making it a crime for Joe Onthestreet getting arrested for the same thing, Howie? I didn’t see anyone in the media, besides Emily Miller at the the Washington Times, sticking up for the soldier who was transporting his weapons through the District in a perfectly legal manner.
Kurtz goes on to defend Piers Morgan, that idiot on CNN who thinks Americans still want to be ruled by England’s crown.
Even more absurd than a criminal inquiry into David Gregory is an effort by pro-gun enthusiasts to kick Piers Morgan out of the country. His crime? Carrying on a passionate crusade for gun control.
What’s more absurd is that gun control morons made rifles illegal to purchase because they have flash suppressors, bayonet lugs and pistol grips because they look scary – none of those things make the weapon more dangerous or more deadly.
In fact, I’d submit that the gun control crowd have been consistently more absurd about their agenda than the pro-gun folks have been in recent weeks. And the gun control crowd have been more persistent, for a very long time, to the point of being completely obnoxious about it.
The real problem is that law enforcement folks are reluctant to enforce the laws, because enough gun laws have been written so that legitimate and law abiding citizens can keep their guns and criminals can’t. So, yeah, I don’t think that Gregory should be arrested and charged, but only because the idiot laws written by Leftist gun grabbing fascists has gone too far, but as long as he broke the law, he should pay for it, however DC courts think he should.
And if Howard Kurtz doesn’t like that Gregory was arrested, he should work to change the law instead of blaming folks who had nothing to do with writing the law.