You may have thought they did, but that’s because you’re stupid wingnuts who are also idiots. Just because Mr. Gregory called for more gun laws by breaking existing gun laws, that doesn’t mean he should suffer the same consequences that anybody else would. Because shut up.
Still not getting the picture, peasants? Our moral, ethical, and intellectual betters have taken the time to explain it to you, so you might want to pay attention. First, here’s Howard Kurtz:
The Twitterverse has exploded over the news that Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department is investigating the NBC newsman for brandishing a high-capacity magazine during an interview with the NRA chief—some taking issue with my piece on the controversy.
What, am I saying that some big-shot talking head is above the law for potentially violating the city’s gun laws?
Let’s get real here. People who don’t like Gregory, or his network, or the media, or gun control are using his little stunt to express a bit of manufactured outrage, as though he were some kind of criminal.
Which is ridiculous. Criminals are people who break the law. All David Gregory did was break the law. How the hell does that make him a criminal, you dummies?
Politico’s Glenn Thrush will not abide your effrontery:
Can’t believe the level of passion – howls for justice! – over a hi capacity clip demo — who want nothing done over its actual use
— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) December 27, 2012
Oh, you have a problem with that, teabaggers? You’re obviously not sophisticated enough to understand that sometimes, people who are smarter than you need to break a law in order to explain why that law is good. And of course, that’s why we need even tougher laws. Because the old laws aren’t good enough. It’s called logic, people.
How perfect can you get? Mr. Gregory interrogates Mr. LaPierre on the subject of whether to ban a magazine that it is illegal for Mr. Gregory to display but apparently easy enough to acquire in time for a Sunday morning broadcast. So here we have a possible indictment that would be entirely nonsensical of a journalist who was trying to embarrass an NRA official over an ammunition ban whose impact would be entirely symbolic.
Various media are also reporting that an online petition is underway on the White House website calling for Mr. Gregory’s indictment. It isn’t clear that Mr. Gregory is guilty of anything other than perhaps overzealousness in pursuit of the conventional gun-control wisdom, which is not a crime unless we want to empty newsrooms and fill up jails from coast to coast.
Well, technically, he’s guilty of violating DC’s gun laws. But then again, he has a news show that’s not on Fox News Channel. Last time I checked, that means he can do whatever he wants, whether it’s legal or not. Duh.
Finally, Greta Van Susteren puts it all into perspective:
I don’t know if NBC’s David Gregory violated the law or not by showing what appeared to be a 30 round magazine during Meet the Press last Sunday….but is it really worth the time to investigate him? How much time and money is going to be spent (wasted) investigating him? Can you think of a sillier use of investigative resources?
I will bet my right arm David Gregory is not going to go out and commit some crime with that magazine…or that he intended to flaunt the law (if it was against the law.) At worst, it was a stupid TV stunt (and so what!) And yes, we are all capable of stupid TV stunts!
Exactly. It’s illegal to possess one of those ammunition magazines in Washington, DC, unless you’re not going to commit a crime with it. I think that’s how it works, anyway. I’m not a big-time lawyer like Greta is.
The point, you dimbulbs, is that David Gregory is on TV. Therefore, the laws that apply to you common rabble don’t apply to him. Or they shouldn’t, at least.
And now, I’d suggest you use the comments to apologize to Mr. Gregory, if you’re even capable of admitting your mistake. Which is a mighty big “if.”
P.S. Gallup: Opposition to handgun ban hits all-time high. And I enjoyed this response to Piers Morgan, courtesy of Carol Roth: