-By Warner Todd Huston
Despite President Obama trying to come to David Gregory’s rescue by granting him a surprise interview, the Meet the Press host is still under investigation by the Washington D.C. police department for violating D.C.’s strict gun banning laws on his December 23 broadcast.
On Meet the Press a week ago, Gregory broke D.C.’s strict gun laws by brandishing a 30-round magazine from an “assault rifle.” Possession of such high capacity magazines is illegal in the District.
There has been conflicting reports on whether or not the staff of the NBC Sunday show was given permission to use the visual aide, but whether they were given verbal permission or not, the law is pretty clear that possessing the ammunition feeding device is illegal.
Naturally many on the left claim that the investigation is absurd in the first place. But is it such an absurdity to expect members of the media, those who nearly universally support banning guns, to be held to the letter of the same laws that they want to impose on the rest of us?
Is it absurd to stand against elites getting a pass on the laws the rest of us are held to so strictly?
Now, do I think D.C.’s gun banning laws are stupid? Of course. That is even not to mention unconstitutional. Personally, I have no problem at all with Gregory using the empty rifle magazine as a visual aide on his little TV show.
But the fact is, a normal citizen in D.C. would be thrown in jail immediately if he had done what Gregory did in contravention to the laws. Why do the elites get away with this while the rest of us get the oppressive heel of the police placed on our necks?
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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