It’s illegal to possess a high-capacity ammunition magazine in Washington, DC. Nonetheless, a few weeks ago David Gregory waved one around on Meet the Press, which is taped in DC:
Since then it’s been “under investigation.” If you got caught with one of these things, if you made a point of holding it up in public so everybody knew you had it, do you suppose the investigation would take this long? Just kidding. The point is moot because you’re not a liberal TV “journalist.” Laws actually apply to you.
But the DC police are going through the motions, at least. If this were an episode of Law & Order — which, again, wouldn’t happen because Gregory is a liberal — we’d be at the halfway point. The buck has been passed from “Law” to “Order,” as WaPo reports:
The decision on whether anyone should be prosecuted after “Meet the Press” host David Gregory appeared to hold a high-capacity ammunition magazine on national television now belongs to the District’s Office of the Attorney General, authorities said Tuesday.
In an e-mail, a spokeswoman for D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said her department has “completed the investigation into this matter, and the case has been presented to the OAG for a determination of the prosecutorial merit of the case…”
The question of how to proceed now rests with the office of Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan, which oversees prosecutions of some low-level offenses. A spokesman for Nathan said the office would not comment until a decision was made.
Gee, I wonder what that decision will be? Oooh, the suspense!
Gregory’s defenders, such as Howard Kurtz, point out that Gregory wasn’t hurting anybody. His intentions were pure. Therefore, the law doesn’t apply to him. Is that how it works? Does the law say that it’s illegal to possess certain objects unless you’re really not planning to use them? Can you just say, “I wasn’t actually going to do anything with it, officer,” and he’ll send you on your way?
David Gregory advocated for gun laws by breaking them. He didn’t think the same laws that apply to everybody else applied to him.
If the last four years are any indication, I’m guessing he’s right.