Saturday, January 12, 2013

I Think I Need To Talk To Wally...

Skidmark sends in this interesting story. Apparently, they have declined to prosecute David Gregory for possessing a 30-round magazine in the city of Washington, D.C.

NBC's David Gregory Won't Be Charged For Showing Ammo Magazine
When NBC News' David Gregory displayed what he said was a high-capacity ammunition magazine on Meet the Press last month, it prompted Washington, D.C., law enforcement officials to investigate whether he had broken a city law.

As Mark reported Dec. 26, D.C.'s official code says in part: "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."

But on Friday, D.C. prosecutors announced that Gregory would not be arrested or charged with a crime.

Got that folks? Gregory clearly broke the law - hundreds of thousands of people are witness to it. He was told beforehand that he was not permitted to possess the magazine even for journalistic purposes, but went ahead and did it anyways. And when the powers-that-be were brought, kicking and screaming, to the realization that one of the elite had broken the law, they declined to prosecute.

This is precisely why we on the pro-freedom side say that we don't need new gun laws. We don't enforce the laws that are already on the books; and as this case so amply illustrates, we often selectively enforce certain laws. If 30-round magazines are so dangerous as to be banned, then it hardly matters whether the person possessing them is a journalist or a terrorist, right? I mean, DC has arrested, prosecuted, and put on a "gun offender registry" a military vet for having loose ammo in his possession - loose ammo that needs one of those magazines to function, right?

So Gregory's a journalist, right? That's the thinking behind letting him skate on this crime? He shows the magazine, makes his point, shames the NRA, etc. so we turn our heads and let him walk. Well, I've got a blog, and new 30 round magazines are illegal in MA - can I order up a bunch of new P-mags and use this "journalist loophole"? I'll claim that I am possessing them only for journalistic purposes - just like David Gregory - and avoid all prosecution, right? Or will the laws again be enforced unequally?

I think we all know the answer here, as there's no (D) next to my name...

That is all.


Stretch said...

Final irony:
DC motto is "Justia Omnibus."
Justice for all.

Orwell was bloody psychic.

Anonymous said...

One set of laws for or against the common man and a different set (non-existent) for the elite even if are in Journalism like Gregory.

Actions and talk like this by seemingly intelligent people is not very old and tiresome, but morally reprehensible as well. Of course we are talking about the biggest group of morally indecent people, the US Government in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches.

Do these people even wonder why they are so hated?

If the Journalism Loophole works for Gregory, then it should work for everyone. Well not really as people like the prosecutors in D.C. would make an example out of anybody else.

Brad_in_MA said...

So Jay,

What IS the next step? I read that Emily Miller is not going to let this slip away.


JD Rush said...

I was just thinking the same thing. "Hey, I'm a crappy 'journalist,' what laws don't apply to me...."

SCI-FI said...

Gun control laws are not to create safety. They are to punish gun owners.

David Gregory does not believe in the 2nd Amendment. Since he practices RightThink, he does not need to be punished.

Think of it as a free-range "Poll Tax."

ASM826 said...

And if David Gregory took his magazine, put it in a box and mailed it to you? Could you not be arrested when you accepted the package?

Andrew said...

I don't understand why each and every convict under that law in that jurisdiction isn't planning a 14th amendment appeal.

Brad_in_MA said...


There's a movement afoot to review all 105 convictions for hi-cap magazine in DC. The end goal is to press suit against DC for selective prosecution. This isn't over by a long shot.

- Brad

Anonymous said...

Selective enforcement is as old as the law...but I do think that we seem to be doing an especially fine job of combining it with hypocrisy.

A society with openly admitted double standards is less unsettling than one claiming 'Justia Omnibus' but actually practicing something else. You at least know where you stand in the former one and can be confident in the system (its unfair nature is applied evenly), confident in how to get ahead in the system, and confident about how to change the system.

We seem to heading towards a law code applied at the whim of those in power. That sort of erratic law code tends to severely dampen any sort of economic progress or cultural growth. Confidence in the law is the bedrock, without which nothing is possible.

Daniel in Brookline said...

ASM826 said:
And if David Gregory took his magazine, put it in a box and mailed it to you? Could you not be arrested when you accepted the package?

If I had any spare 30-rounders, I'd be tempted to try that in reverse.

NUGUN said...

It's called "Freedom of the Press"...


Hey, we're bloggers, we're press...guess we can possess any darn prohibited item we want now. LOL