I Hope David Gregory Pays the Cost for His Show

Sunday, NRA chief Wayne LaPierre went on NBC’s Meet The Press to talk about gun control with David Gregory, which is a pretty hostile environment for that sort of interview. As Kevin Boyd noted, LaPierre is essentially acting like he’s drunk, following an abysmal NRA press conference last Friday that left everything to be desired. But it may be that David Gregory will be paying the price, as the Washington Post reports:

NBC News asked D.C. police for permission to use a high-capacity ammunition clip as a prop on Sunday’s “Meet the Press” show, a request District authorities said Wednesday they denied.

But host David Gregory appears to have used one anyway — and then displayed it on national television. Now D.C. police say they’re investigating whether the District’s gun laws were violated in the incident.

In the Sunday morning show, Gregory conducted a lengthy interview with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre about issues related to the Dec. 14 massacre in Newtown, Conn. In the segment, which is posted on the MSNBC Web site, Gregory uses what appears to be a magazine as a prop as he poses a question to LaPierre.

“Here’s a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets,” Gregory says. “Now, isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these” — he then sets it down, and picks up a smaller one — “if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you can only have a magazine that carries five bullets or 10 bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”

Here’s the problem: that scene was shot in DC. And in DC, it’s illegal to have a high-capacity magazine. Period.

Now, do I think the law is stupid? Of course. Especially since it’s written as No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device. (That means you can’t even pass through the District with one, even if you don’t stop.)

But do I want David Gregory to pay for it? Oh, sweet Jesus, yes.

The reason is because it would be the height of irony for a guy who was, by all accounts, being an anti-gun crusader to be punished by the gun control laws he supports. Let him see how the law really is written. Let him deal with the punishment system. Maybe Gregory won’t be so eager to hound LaPierre next time—though for different reasons than he might find, I wish he does.

There seems to be this attitude on the left that, while they can and must push for stronger and harsher laws and norms on things they don’t like, they are free to violate those laws and norms whenever they feel like it. They coined the acronym IOKIYAR (It’s OK If You’re A Republican.) It should really read: IOKIYAL. I’ll let you guess what the “L” stands for.

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