Skip to comments.NBC’s David Gregory Breaks Gun Laws "For the Greater Good"
Posted on 12/27/2012 6:54:23 AM PST by SeekAndFind
By now you've seen the stories about NBC anchor David Gregory breaking Washington D.C. gun laws by brandishing a 30-round magazine during his abrasive interview with NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre last Sunday. From the anchor chair, Gregory pretty much said high capacity magazines should be banned. Now, because the possession of 30-round magazines are illegal in the District of Columbia, Gregory is under investigation by police; as he should be.
Not only did he violate D.C. gun laws, but according to D.C. police [who have confirmed multiple times], he knowingly violated the law after being denied the use of the illegal magazine on the show.
A review of the law:
No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Oh but what's this? ATF coming to Gregory's defense? No wonder NBC never covered the Fast and Furious scandal.
An official from the D.C. police told a member of the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that David Gregory COULD display a high capacity magazine on "Meet the Press" Sunday ... TMZ has learned.
Well-placed law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... a staffer from "Meet the Press" called ATF before the show aired to inquire about the legality of David holding the empty magazine during a segment on gun control. We're told the ATF person contacted the D.C. police to find out if the District of Columbia -- the place where the show is broadcast -- had a law prohibiting such a display.
Our sources say the D.C. police official informed ATF David could legally show the magazine, provided it was empty. An ATF official then called the staffer from "Meet the Press" to inform them they could use the magazine.
As Robert Stacy McCain points out, even if ATF did give NBC permission to possess the magazine for the show, the bureau is aiding in the breaking of firearms law. We've seen that before.
Not surprisingly, mainstream media "journalists" are circling the wagons around Gregory, going so far as saying "he did it for the greater good," and "it was a prop." Some have also said the police should focus on investigating "real criminals," even though in this case Gregory would qualify as one of those criminals for illegally possessing the magazine.
"David Gregory ammo nonstory may be even more of a nonstory," tweeted Jeff Jarvis, linking to one report about NBC's due diligence before the segment.
Fox News's Greta Van Susteren bashed the investigation on her blog.
"How much time and money is going to be spent (wasted) investigating him? Can you think of a sillier use of investigative resources? " she wrote. " 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!"
POLITICO's Glenn Thrush took to Twitter to express his disdain for efforts to hold Gregory accountable.
I'm not sure if these journos are really trying to defend Gregory, or if they're simply pissed "just a blogger" over at The Patriot Perspective blew this into a national story by simply displaying a screen shot of Gregory holding the magazine above a block quote of DC firearms law.
TPP also points out that even if the magazine above is a prop, it's still illegal.
In the end, many in the media have admitted 30-round magazines are no big deal. With this admission, members of the media who have been pushing for a ban on high capacity magazines for more than a week now can stop with their high horse agenda for the rest of Americans who legally own high capacity magazines.
NBC and David Gregory have refused to comment on the matter. Gregory will not host Meet the Press this Sunday due to a previously planned vacation.
So he wants a law against 300 million Americans he does not have to have on himself.
“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others”.
The same reason the elites, like Algore, can go jetting around in their private jets preaching about Global Warming and carbon footprints.
funny... because having the ability to defend oneself would fit under ‘greater good’... yet he and his ilk want to make us defenseless and rely solely on police protection (which usually means chalk, tape, and donuts)
I would like to see the call logs subpoenaed. Since new laws probably require the phone company keep lists of calls made (and billing records probably do so even without any law), that means the DC police should be able to see if any such call was ever made or if this is just a little bit of retroactive butt covering.
For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device means a magazine, belt, drum, feed strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.
Next defense will be that the magazine he held was actually modified so it only held ten rounds. If necessary, one will be retroactively made to meet that requirement and no one will be able to prove which one David Gregory actually had.
I expect the DC police to make this go away quietly, but it is useful for now to show the hypocrisy of the left wing press.
Three words for you
Soap on a Rope...
He’d probably enjoy it.
Well, there’s an example of “unintended consequences”.
Kind of a dumb question, but why doesn’t NBC claim it’s just a movie prop from one of their violent TV shows?
The ATF can’t trump local laws.
Has Gregory turned over the magazine to the DC Police? If not is SWAT preparing to raid his office to get this evil device off the street?