Liberal News Anchor Breaks Gun Laws On Television, Gets Off Scott Free

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Laws, I guess, are for the little people. And after all, David Gregory is on the right side of this issue.

But please note, they’re saying that Gregory will escape prosecution despite clearly breaking the law. Via Legal Insurrection, who has the prosecutor’s whole letter.

Having carefully reviewed all of the facts and circumstances of this matter, as it does in every case involving firearms-related offenses or any other potential violation of D.C. law within our criminal jurisdiction, OAG has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events associated with the December 23,2012 broadcast. OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust. Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them. There were, however, other legal means available to demonstrate the point and to pursue this line of questioning with the guest that were suggested to NBC and that could have and should have been pursued.

OAG also appreciates that the magazine was immediately returned to the source that NBC understood to be its lawful owner outside of the District and that the magazine in question, with NBC’s assistance, has been surrendered to MPD. OAG also recognizes the cooperation NBC has provided in the investigation of this matter.

It’s an important law, according to the DC prosecutors, and Gregory clearly broke it. But that doesn’t matter, because this prosecution wouldn’t promote public safety.

Which has me wondering, does any prosecution of mere possession of a high-capacity magazine such as the one Gregory possessed and displayed on television promote public safety? How does arresting and prosecuting people for the crime of simply possessing a high-capacity magazine make us safer?

It doesn’t, but then that’s not the point of such laws. They aren’t intended to fight crime. They’re intended to make gun ownership harder, so that less people will exercise their 2nd amendment rights.

It’s ok to break such a law, as long as you break it in furtherance of the law’s real purpose, which is attacking gun rights.

I’d rather not see this law exist, but if it’s on the books, ought it not be applied equitably?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • matthew_bosch

    I’m sure Brian Aitken would’ve appreciated the quick leniency granted to Gregory.

  • headward

    That DA should be arrested for breaking his oath to uphold the constitution and the laws of the land. Isn’t there anti-corruption laws in DC or is that just like Chicago?

    • two_amber_lamps

      Fair and equitable application of the law… unless you’re a member of our
      liberal media aristocracy in which case do whatever you like so long as
      it’s in furtherance of an Anti-American agenda.

      So you might draw from this the DA has thereby invalidated the “high capacity magazine ban” in DC since by letting his lil buddy Gregory pass on this, EVERYONE must be cut loose on this one.

      You know… 14th Amendment, equal protection clause and all…

      Ain’t liberalism grand?

  • 11B40

    Greetings:

    Something not mentioned has become another of the multitude of burrs under my cerebral saddle. What happened to the now infamous 30-round magazine (wooo, scary, scary) ??? My limited knowledge of police work, mostly from the TV program “COPS” as opposed to the even more fictional dramas, make me wonder if the investigating officers or officerettes seized the extremely potentially, probably almost assuredly magazine of mass destruction from Mr. (Big Head, and that’s no hairdo for a head that size) Gregory of the first and better part.

  • ND in MD

    Somehow I just don’t believe the out come would have been the same if it were a urban teen from Southeast DC. Because of the double standard, one for the urban youth and another for a white rich guy, will Jesse and Al start protests in DC demanding justice? Will they organize a demonstration? Will NBC edit tapes to “prove” and injustice occured? Will NBC and other MSN organizations provide constant coverage of this issue until David Gregory is brought to justice?

  • jimmypop

    so its ok to speed (or whatever) in DC when nobody else is around?

  • dwolf

    what do you expect from the ruling class

  • copper

    This only goes to prove how NOT dangerous these magazines are. If it’s ok for Gregory to have one, it’s ok for everyone.

  • Neiman

    If it were Hannity or O’Reilly the liberals would be forcing an indictment and trial.

    • Thresherman

      If it were Rush, they would be screaming for a lynching.

  • Thresherman

    This is the same AG who prosecuted a man, who the evidence show was not guilty of this crime, because the law was so important. There is more rotten here than just the law.

    But what this really shows is that the left has established a nouveau gentry in this country and Greggory is one of the landed members and no mere commoner should dare to expect equal treatment. How blatantly false now is their claim to be the great protector of the common man when they have plainly shown that do not view themselves to be beholden to the same standard of conduct that they demand that their social inferiors be adhere to.

  • Spartacus

    One would think the equal protection clause would imply equal enforcement, but that’s what one gets these days for thinking.

  • camsaure

    Damocrats = crony capitalists and crony criminals.

  • Snarkie

    It’s at the discretion of the cops and the prosecutors whether you will go down.

    …and David Gregory is lucky he ain’t black.

    And All Created Equal… blah blah blah… something about God… blah blah blah… did we finish imprisoning the darkies yet?

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