Is The Investigation Into NBC News’ David Gregory’s Possession Of A High-Capacity Gun Clip A Waste Of Time?


Howard Kurtz has a pretty low opinion of the Washington DC police department’s investigation into the use, by NBC News’ David Gregory, of what was apparently a high-capacity gun clip as a prop in a segment about gun control.

“[A] police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time,” scoffs Kurtz. “What it demonstrates above all is that journalists are getting ensnared in the political war over gun control.”

That last might not be such a problem if these supposedly objective journalists weren’t so overtly political all the time. But I digress.

The issue with Gregory is equality under the law. If possession of a high-capacity ammo clip is illegal, then it should be illegal for everyone. Even high-profile journalists. And if the journalists find criminal charges for possession of such a clip to be kind of stupid and arbitrary, then maybe that says something about the sort of gun control policy so many left-wing politicians and “journalists” are calling for.

Banning the possession high-capacity ammo clips is sort of arbitrary and stupid. As arbitrary and stupid as banning sports cars because they can go fast and thus might cause bigger accidents. But apparently the media elite only think it’s arbitrary and stupid when it’s applied to them.

I’m in favor of enforcing arbitrary and stupid laws, if for no other reason than to give the public (and perhaps, from time to time, high-profile media elites like David Gregory) a good taste of just how stupid and arbitrary they are.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • Neiman

    David Gregory has always been, is now and will always be a Propaganda Minister for the DNC and Obama, He is no journalist, he is a partisan hack, a low life Leftist.

    However, I doubt this will or should go anywhere.

    • two_amber_lamps

      +1 right up to whether it “should” go anywhere…

      If nothing else “the penalty is the process”…. even if this doesn’t put the fear of God in him, it may take him down a notch. I’ve seen much worse so far as frivolous prosecutions go, so I say to the DC DA’s Office… have at’er…..

      • Neiman

        Remember, Gregory is a liberal and the DA and media will give him a pass.

        • two_amber_lamps

          Lol… I certainly won’t argue the PROBABLE outcome…

  • camsaure

    I guess he must consider himself an “elite member of the ruling class” unlike us in the unwashed masses, where all the stupid laws pertain to us only. Typical leftist/lib thinks he is more “enlightened” so the laws are not meant for him.

  • mikemc1970

    There in lies the rub. The mentality of the self entitled Leftist, especially those among the government class “journalists” believe them selves better than average people, therefore above the law. You’ll see the same attitude among most of the leftist pols as well.

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      Hi Mike, thank you for the gift of the election results. I really did enjoy it. Thanks again.

      • mikemc1970

        Many, many moons ago my people gave your people a very special gift. Syphilis. And everyone on this blog knows just how much you’ve enjoyed having that.

  • sbark

    isnt he the Liberal that is railing against school security…….but sends his kids to a school already locked and loaded?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Nothing but the finest Level 4 lock down for his precious little angels… besides, you never know when Ellinas might start vacationing on the right coast….

      • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

        Hello Kitten. I’m sure you have some gun vocabulary lessons to offer Rob, eh?

        Or are you only catty when your cycling?

        • two_amber_lamps

          Doucher-icized said: “Or are you only catty when your cycling?”

          GRAMMAR-NAZI…. fail!! Lol!!

        • two_amber_lamps
          • twoamberlampspsa

            In addition to the warning lights located in her username, this seventh public service announcement is to underscore the dangers of being a vile c@#nt like two_amber_lamps. Before making mean-spited, worthless posts such as the above, please reflect on two_amber_lamp’s trajectory toward a self-inflicted gunshot wound and funeral with none in attendance. While it is too late for two_amber_lamps, who will undoubtedly sit online continuing to mistakenly believe her virulent posts validate her life in meaningful way, but hopefully others can avoid such a pathetic life.

          • Lianne

            brain stuck on stupid, 2amberlampsSA?

          • two_amber_lamps
  • borborygmi

    The sleek super fast sports car smashed into a school where it pulled its dipstick and systematically slaughtered children and teacher. Yep I can see where it would be the same.

    • two_amber_lamps
      • borborygmi

        short by 17……not to mention the Libertarians on this board are Okay with drug use. It doesn’t affect anyone you know…oops

        • two_amber_lamps

          Close enough for government work…. 7 trillion dollars vs. 17 trillion… it’s all the same. 3 kids, 17 kids, 20 kids…. just admit it, it’s all a means to an end to you and your leftist ilk.

  • WOOF

    The more gun stories in the news,
    the more likely to be new gun regulation.

    • Neiman

      Why do you liberals hate the Constitution?

      • mikemc1970

        Because it give people liberty, written in stone, above and beyond the lefts ability to steal away.

    • Bat One

      Nah! Americans know better. The liberal echo chamber is sealed and impervious to reality.

  • Roy_Bean

    I have always been an open minded kind of guy. I’m willing to try something new. Here’s a challenge to all the “gun control will fix everything” crowd. When you propose the new law that will make schools safe and prevent murderers from murdering because they will not have all these dangerous weapons, propose along with it that all metal detectors and other security be removed from all public buildings. We have been told that restricting magazine capacity and outlawing assault weapons is what’s needed to protect our kids. OK, then along with the ban we should be able to save millions by disbanding the TSA, we should be able to eliminate all the metal detectors at Federal court houses, we should be able to make all our state capitols as accessible as they once were and there should be no need for all this talk about armed guards in schools.

  • LibertyFargo

    “The issue with Gregory is equality under the law. If possession of a high-capacity ammo clip is illegal, then it should be illegal for everyone. Even high-profile journalists. And if the journalists find criminal charges for possession of such a clip to be kind of stupid and arbitrary, then maybe that says something about the sort of gun control policy so many left-wing politicians and “journalists” are calling for.”

    If Kurtz thinks the charges are stupid then perhaps the problem is the stupidity of the law itself.

    Nailed it. +1 Rob.

  • matthew_bosch

    Its a magazine not a clip. Go ahead and ban Hi cap clips(if they even exist).

    • matthew_bosch

      I apologize
      for the pretentious gun nerd correction.

      • $8194357

        Thats ok..
        Clips are for the leftists mittens…

    • Mark Hinkle

      Matthew, you can always spot gun ignorance when they call a magazine a “clip”. Right off the bat, you know they speak from ignorance, not wisdom.

  • Lost Cannon

    Here here!!!!

  • LastBestHope

    Ah yes, NBC…the mother ship of MSNBC. And if Mr.Gregory is in any way censored for his “oh how shocking” stunt (which is what he hopes for and why he did it) then the gathered tribes at NY TIMES, WAPO, ABC, CBS, NPR, CNN and TIME, in collusion with all their outlets, affiliates and sycophants, will go full auto in his defense.

    But…there is some good news. NEWSWEEK is no longer on the list. That piece of the lib-media empire was tossed on the ash heap of Pravda propaganda history by The People…who no longer would buy their Lie.

    The others mentioned will eventually suffer the same fate, as American readers/viewers continue to refuse the Hail Big Brother news.

  • $8194357

    If that high capicity ‘clip’ was “loaded with liberal stupid”…
    In the hands of a major propaganda TV puppet it could
    have far exceeded even the indended capacity and
    multiplied it by 100’s of inocent sheople in his line of fire, huh…
    Oh wait…
    That IS what they do with their leftist ideologies now isn’t it..
    Never mind….

  • mickey_moussaoui

    so much for objectivity in journalism. these ass clowns should all be banned from news desks

    • $8194357

      Propaganda needs its puppets and bit players.

  • Proof

    If the DC cops came across anyone else in the district with one, wouldn’t they use that for probable cause to search for the weapon it attaches to?

  • $8194357

    Americas greatest enemy is an “ideology”..

    Well worth the time to watch as we have been
    under attack by it for over 100 years.

  • Matthew Hawkins

    Can you forward me the talking points you are sent?

    Every right wing blog has this minor story.

    There is no way you all came up with it at once.

    • Bat One

      Please forward the serial number off the back of your decoder ring, along with Bill Ayers’ birthday, and we’ll see to it that you’re put on the mailing list.

      • Matthew Hawkins

        Is this what passes for clever. Your dementia must be getting to you.

        • Bat One

          If you don’t like it, don’t read it. I can easily live with the disappointment.

          BTW, shouldn’t a question, even a silly rhetorical one, be followed by a question mark?

          • Matthew Hawkins

            You really have lost it if you are going to start criticizing punctuation on a blog.

            First sign of nothing interesting to say.

          • $8194357

            Dead on 10 X Bat…
            I must have ‘dementia’ as well as I understood it ok..
            Indoctrinated liberals think we have demetia when they are
            blind to the simple facts…

  • Bat One

    Actually, David Gregory is not only a sanctimonious liberal putz, he’s also not very bright or imaginative. Inveighing against semi-automatic “assault rifles” and high capacity magazines would have been far more visually effective if instead of one, he held up a pair of clips taped together back-to-back with duct tape.

  • Thresherman

    What Kurtz is asserting and Gregory assumed is that there is a double standard for journalists that holds them unaccountable to the law. But the law itself makes no such distinctions and Gregory should be held accountable for his actions just as anyone else would, regardless of their rational.

  • Snarkie

    Complaining about media exceptionalism when everyone knows that you have principles when a Dem is in power and security-oriented reforms by any means necessary when a GOP is in power… makes you a pathetic hypocrite.

    Iron out your own exceptionalism and we might start giving a frick.