From Dylan Byers at Politico:
Last Friday, NBC’s David Gregory was making headlines as the subject of a D.C. police investigation after having displayed an empty gun magazine on live television. Later that day, NBC announced that Gregory had landed an exclusive interview with President Obama, and the issue more or less went away.
Gregory remains under investigation, a Washington Metropolitan Police Department official today told POLITICO, but the story seems like a distant memory.
Because some animals are more equal than others.
Those who argue that the investigation is ludicrous have a point: Showing an empty gun magazine on television, though illegal in Washington, D.C., was hardly going to harm anyone. As Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren wrote, it’s hard to think of a sillier use of investigative resources.
Except if you have a videotaped confession. Then it’s a matter of seconds to do the investigation.
But it’s also hard to blame the other side for asking that laws be upheld and applied to all — especially at a time when so many in the media seem to be pushing for more of those laws.
Kudos to Byers for getting the point here.
The Gregory investigation may have started as a “non-story,” but that’s no longer the case. There are some folks on the right who still care about the outcome, and are ready to cite it as precedent if it goes Gregory’s way.
If some animals are more equal than others, expect any attempts at citizen disarmament to go even worse. And expect Alan Gura to remember it when DC v Heller II makes it to SCOTUS. Even the ideologically blinded judges will have a difficult time explaining it away. Even Sotomayor and Kagan won’t be able to dream up some kind of explanation.