We all remember the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012. It’s hard to believe it has been over two years. We also recall the shooter, with his Bushmaster 223 rifle and its high capacity magazine, how the gun-control wackos came out of the woodwork to call for a national ban on “scary” looking guns and high-capacity magazines. As if that matters.
Whether it’s an AK-47 with a 30-round magazine or a pink Ruger .380 side arm — if either is pointed at you, it’s scary.
Speaking of high-capacity magazines, we might remember the uproar over then Meet the Press host David Gregory’s interview with the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre. It’s the one where Gregory actually brought a scary looking 30-round “high-capacity” magazine onto the set in Washington D.C. to confront Mr. LaPierre.
It’s a wonder anyone on the set survived the incident — you know — because magazines kill people. I’m reminded of the scene in the comedy, Hot Shots-Part Deux, where Charlie Sheen (back when he was still funny), was mowing down the enemy with a belt fed machine gun, and with the enemy still advancing, runs out of ammo. He drops the weapon, bends down, picks up a handful of bullets and throws them at the soldiers, killing them all. It’s very funny, but quite ridiculous, kind of like brandishing an empty magazine with no gun.
Anyway, Gregory said to LaPierre, “So here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. Now isn’t it possible that, if we got rid of these, if we replace them and said, well, you could only have a magazine that carries five bullets or 10 bullets, isn’t it possible that we can reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”
You may say – sure – I remember that, so what? Well, Washington D.C. has a strict law that states “No person in the district shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm.”
(Nathan Haddad, a decorated combat veteran, was arrested in February 2013 “in New York for possessing unloaded 30-round magazines. Mr. Haddad, who has been recognized by the Army for his selfless acts of generosity to fellow soldiers, was charged with five felony counts of possession of ‘high-capacity’ magazines.”)
In other words, David Gregory broke D.C. law by merely possessing the magazine. No, there was no gun — just the magazine, but he still clearly violated the law, yet nothing happened to him. Wonder why?
Well, Yahoo News reports that one blogger wants to find out. Evidently the blogger filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the D.C. Superior Court to obtain the affidavit explaining why Gregory was not prosecuted.
Why, of course, you might say, he should not have been prosecuted. He was posing no threat. Yes, I know, but the law is the law — or supposed to be — at least for you and me.
The Yahoo News report explained that in January 2013 the D.C. Attorney General Irvin D. Nathan informed NBC by letter that while his display “meets the definition” of the criminal statute, Mr. “Gregory’s 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.”
The blogger, William Jacobson said, “That’s not how the average person is treated in D.C., where the technicalities of the gun laws are enforced with obsessive prosecutorial vigor. And that’s the point. We never wanted David Gregory prosecuted for violating the ridiculous gun law provision, we wanted public officials to be held accountable for the unequal application of the law.”
And he’s absolutely right. We are supposed to have equal justice under the law, but of course the leftist Attorney General provided cover for the leftist NBC anchor.
And how do I know the A.G. is a lefty? Well, he’s the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Enough said.
Yahoo reports that the district has until January 7, 2015 to comply with the court order. Let’s see if that happens, or if they attempt to pull an Obama, by stonewalling and dragging their feet.