Since gun laws are now meaningless if you’re violating them for First Amendment purposes, it’s time for the million gun march on DC.
D.C. attorney general Irvin Nathan on Friday said he would decline to prosecute in the case involving the Sunday show host and any NBC staffers. In a letter to NBC’s attorney Lee Levine, Nathan wrote that after reviewing the matter, his office “has determined to exercise its prosecutorial discretion to decline to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gregory, who has no criminal record, or any other NBC employee based on the events associated” with the broadcast.
The office made its decision “despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a 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.”
Translation: “We know he broke the law, but f*ck you.”
Nathan noted that his office’s decision in this case was also influenced by “our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States.”
Oh goodie! You can use the First Amendment to promote destruction of the Second. Let’s turn that around and see how it works, shall we?
Since there’s now a First Amendment exception to the law, it’s time for a million gun march on DC.
And from NBC:
“We displayed the empty magazine solely for journalistic purposes to help illustrate an important issue for our viewers. We accept the District of Columbia Attorney General’s admonishment, respect his decision and will have no further comment on this matter,” the show stated.
Yeah. Just like you blew up pickup trucks. But this hypocrisy was guaranteed to be a win-win, and it still is a win. Hypocrisy exposed, gun laws meaningless under the David Gregory exception. There’s now a new exemption to prosecution.