Howard Kurtz: David Gregory's only crime was loving gun control too much

“Real journalist” Howard Kurtz is sick and tired of the backlash members of the media are facing as a result of their gun control zealotry. In addition to lamenting the mistreatment of poor Piers Morgan, Kurtz is furiously defending his fellow journo-tool David Gregory in the wake of Gregory’s televised flouting of DC gun laws.

Members of the general public seeking legal gun ownership? Tough luck. Law says it sucks to be you. Media lapdogs openly flouting the law? Well, that’s a completely different story. It’s only to make a statement, after all. And, according to Kurtz, holding those lapdogs accountable for their crimes is just “absurd.”

Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No, he waved a high-capacity ammunition clip on the air while interviewing Wayne LaPierre, asking it shouldn’t be banned.

Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one. Was Gregory being aggressive with the NRA chief, or seeming to push gun control in a confrontational interview? All that is up for debate.

But a police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time. What it demonstrates above all is that journalists are getting ensnared in the political war over gun control.

Ensnared, eh? And who, pray tell, ensnared them? Oh, that’s right!

OK, well, ensnarement aside, what does Kurtz’s excusing of Gregory say about lapdogs’ attitudes when it comes to the public good?

And what does it say about DC’s gun laws?

Fancy that! Gun control laws don’t stop people with no regard for the law from stomping all over it.

Or accept the consequences.

After all, this is what Gregory et al. wanted, right?

We can picture the wheels in Kurtz’s head spinning feverishly.

Clearly, according to Kurtz, holding journalists to the same standards by which the rest of us rubes have to abide is a waste of time.

Wait — allow us to rephrase: holding liberal journalists to those standards is a waste of time.

Funny how that works, isn’t it?

  • Zach Peterson

    Read this from Gregory to get a ‘liberal pass’ on the law no doubt. Two class of citizens, the ‘believers’ and the rest of us. Obama’s ‘cult of personality’ has its benefits. Maybe Gregory will be promoted to the SS guard next, huh?

    • docscience

      He’s already in the guard, they are just waiting for their uniforms.

    • thetreyman

      he already had his post at the Ministry of Propaganda.

  • Howzah123

    David Gregory proves that gun control laws don’t stop criminals. Hilariously ironic

    • BlueGood

      David Gregory’s only crime was loving O’Blamo & the Liebral Control Freaks too much….

  • lainer51

    Kurtz and Gregory – both embarrassing representatives of
    “journalists” – just typing that word to describe them makes my fingers cramp up!

  • Joe W.

    He broke the law. He should suffer the same consequences that I would, had I been that stupid.

    • ceemack

      Now, now…David Gregory is above the law.

      He’s also above things like reason, factual information, journalistic integrity…

  • ChampionCapua

    @HowardKurtz Illegal Stunt. Like “Illegal Alien”, you keep leaving out the key modifier. What a journalist you turned out to be. #Hack

  • Jack Deth

    Memo to Mr. Kurtz:

    First of all it is a “magazine’. A “clip” is a metal band used to hold rounds for a rifle. Specifically, the M-1 Garand.

    A magazine is either built into a rifle under the bolt and chamber. Or is a spring loaded box that holds ammunition and is removable. With pistols, the magazine is removable and sits under the chamber.

    Second: Grading of your tirade to deflect from Mr. Gregory: 2.3
    Grading your ignorance of firearms and laws pertaining to them: Priceless!

    • Alex Furlong

      You’re not the first person to point that out to him. At this point, I think he does it on purpose to annoy us.

      • 1SkepticalChick

        More of that “if you repeat a lie often enough..” thingy.

  • TugboatPhil

    So Kurtz is saying that “Extremism in the name of Tyranny is no vice?”

  • rogueco

    Thank goodness Gregory decided against airing the segment dealing with abortion rights.

    • thetreyman

      he only did that because waiving an aborted fetus around and asking why women should be punished with it didnt go his way in the focus group.

  • Right Gun

    Why does David Gregory think that if he doesn’t have to obey the law that, for some reason, psycho whack jobs, gang members, car-jackers, muggers, home invaders, and other criminal types will think they should have to obey these laws? People like David Gregory are just as dangerous as those he purports to oppose.

  • BeeKaaay

    His crime is advocating the wholesale slaughter of unarmed citizens by thugs. That is the only result of his pro-criminal anti-gun beliefs.

  • NRPax

    If high capacity magazines are outlawed, then only journalists will have them.

  • Edward von Bear add Glenn Thrush of politico to the list of Journos who think they are above the law

  • TugboatPhil

    What is lost on all these liberal elitists is how absurd some of the existing laws are. A magazine without a firearm AND bullets is as dangerous as Dennis Kucinich at a MMA match.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Indeed, where exactly did he get that, and why did he have it? Does he own a firearm that uses that mag? Or did he just buy it on the street?

    • AMERICAN Kafir™(KAdams)

      He borrowed it from Don Lemon, who lives in Georgia, but went to Colorado to purchase an AR-15 (or similar) just to see how easy it was. Colorado gun laws state you must be a resident of a state that shares a border with Colorado in order to purchase a firearm. I didn’t know that Georgia and Colorado were neighbors.

  • PennyRobinsonFanClub

    Well, as the loathsome Whoopi Goldberg might say, there’s gun-crime, and there’s gun-crime-gun-crime.

  • TocksNedlog

    Kurtz thinks its important that the clip wasn’t loaded, AND, that the ‘intent’ of the one in possession of said clip — in this case, for the purpose of a “stunt” — should factor into the determination of guilt.
    Unfortunately — for him — neither one of those factors mitigates the fact that Gregory openly flaunted the law.

  • King Leer

    Would have been fun if his guest had whipped out his cellphone and called 911 to report a man waving a magazine around in a threatening manner…

  • MorseAlhambra

    Howard Kurtz writes that the gun control debate “has turned absurd.” Sunny Jim, the debate has been absurd from the beginning. If innocent “intent” means that posession is no crime, then… um, isn’t the debate already over?

  • MorseAlhambra

    One other thing. I don’t have the details on my desk, so I’m working from memory here (sorry), but I recall a case a year or so ago in which a disabled vet in a wheelchair was visiting the Capitol building or some such government building. Since he’s an active shooter, he’d recently been to the range and one overlooked round — one round! — was still somewhere in the bottom of the carry-all on the back of his wheelchair. You can see where this is going, can’t you? Yup. He was arrested. “Zero tolerance.” Even though there was no firearm, no “clip”, no “intent” to cause harm — zero tolerance. Wonder how that worked out for him. Not well, I suspect.

  • TocksNedlog

    This man has — foolishly — placed himself into a
    Catch-22 situation: If he fights against being charged with a crime, then he will be openly declaring that the law is unreasonably restrictive. One presumes that this is not how he personally feels about the law; but, if charges are filed what else is he gonna do — plead ‘no contest’ and hope for leniency?

    • Alex Furlong

      The fine is something like $1,000 and I bet his network will reimburse him. He should suck it up and take his punishment like a man. That would require him to have some principles, so don’t expect it to happen anytime soon.

      • TocksNedlog

        He will fight having a criminal record with every fiber of his being — because, in his righteousness he was ‘right’.

  • EqualForce

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  • John Kerry’s Forehead

    Why not just show a graphic or video of high capacity magazines? There are plenty of videos available on You Tube. Hell, I would gladly have supplied him a video of my 11yo daughter shooting her Ruger 10/22 semi-automatic rifle with her 50 round drum magazine.

  • Garth Haycock

    Tyrants love gun control too. Just something for you to think about Mr. Kurtz.

  • richard diggins

    As a Canadian, I find it absurd that the pro-gun faction in the U.S. wants to go after Gregory for displaying an empty magazine. The magazine, legal or not, is harmless without a gun to put it in, and the required ammo. America, you are f–ked, as long as you share the world’s largest collection of guns for personal use under the guise of your dated Second Amendment rights. It’s time to amend that amendment, or interpret it as intended and trade the AR-15s for muskets.

    • Gekk

      So you believe ANYONE should be allowed to possess an unloaded large magazine that would be illegal under the law otherwise?

      Or is it just certain “castes” of society who don’t have to follow the law? Equality under the law is offensive to you?

      And black powder? Why not remove cars and go back to horses? Since you’ve decided science and technology are bad and you wish to enforce a Luddite society; why not all technology?

      Every Fascist Dictatorship in the world started with gun control… but allowing gun control will be ok because we can trust our government this time?

      Yeah, and Charlie Brown will get to kick the football too. Your naivety would be amusing if it weren’t likely to end badly for me as well.

      • richard diggins

        Poor pathetic paranoid. What makes you think I’m opposed to guns? I have no issue with hunting rifles but believe the U.S. who has most of the world’s guns for self-defense is shooting itself in the foot, as you also have the world’s largest gun misuse problems. So, I guess that 2nd amendment thing really isn’t working for you, is it? What I’m saying is that the law could arrest Gregory but given his intent, its unlikely he’ll get any time, perhaps a fine. And I’m sure the DC police are aware of that, so why bother? Meanwhile, as you rant on, over nothing, the world sees your mindless raving as you lose cred. and the PR war. Those lefties aren’t so stupid, are they? They got Obama re-elected. Perhaps that’s why you’re pissing in the wind.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Besides presenting himself as the perfect example of arrogance and elitism, Gregory having possession of that magazine is irrefutable evidence of the folly and ineffectiveness of the very laws he’s advocating.

  • anjullyn

    The pic Twitchy has of Howard, makes me think he needs to check into the hospital. He’s not only a “yellow journolist”, but also, his skin is yellow.

  • walterc

    If Gregory gets off without prosecution, it should be cited as precedent for other D.C. gun law violations by non journalists.

  • lana ward

    It’s unfair and horrible when a dem could be in trouble, they’re perfect, don’t you know. But they pile on and won’t let it go if a Republican could be in trouble. Hypocrites!! Racist bigots!! (dems two favorite words)