Excellent use of DC police resources, investigating Meet the Press for committing an act of journalism: washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-sc…
— Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg) December 26, 2012
I know Goldberg’s being sarcastic here, but I really do think this is a good use of police resources. To recap: Meet the Press’ David Gregory appeared on his show with a high-capacity magazine that can hold 30 rounds. In D.C., owning such an item is illegal. He, apparently, had asked D.C. cops permission to bring the magazine into the city so he could use as a prop on the air. He was denied permission and did so anyway. He is now in trouble with the D.C. cops.
Frankly, I think we should celebrate Gregory and the foolishness of the D.C. police department for demonstrating the utter inanity of gun control legislation. The magazines are illegal to own in D.C., but, as we know, such laws do little to stop those who really want to bring an item into the city. (Strangely, crack cocaine is also illegal in D.C. Murders, rapes, robberies: All illegal. There’s no shortage of any of these, however.)
More importantly, however, David Gregory was doing nothing wrong with the magazine. He was using it peacefully; he did no one any injury; and he had no intention of doing any violence with it. He was a law-abiding citizen turned into a criminal because he violated a law that does nothing to diminish crime. Yet, because of the absurdity of the prohibition on such items, he could very well be in (relatively minor) trouble for simply daring to show that such an item exists.
If there’s a better demonstration of the inherent silliness of gun control legislation, I’ve yet to see one.