David Gregory defender Howard Kurtz schooled on DC gun law enforcement

Newsweek’s Howard Kurtz has been defending fellow “real journalist” David Gregory for a week now over his open flaunting of Washington, D.C., gun laws on “Meet the Press” last Sunday. When he learned that police were investigating Gregory over his possession of a high-capacity magazine that is banned in Washington, Kurtz said it was a sign of how “absurd” the debate over gun control had become.

While Kurtz’ support of Gregory has been consistent, his defense of Gregory’s actions has not. Next, he wondered why D.C. police were investigating a journalistic stunt instead of “catching actual criminals.” Now, a full week later, Kurtz is still fishing for just the right defense. Journalists aren’t above the law, he concedes, but how many people are actually prosecuted for violating D.C.’s gun laws? Fortunately, another real journalist, the Washington Times’ Emily Miller, was on hand to do the work that other reporters won’t do.

Miller, a senior opinion editor at the paper, pointed Kurtz to her own research on the topic.

Washington, D.C.’s restrictive gun laws are being used to persecute soldiers. The pattern is disturbing, as what follows is the third case I’ve uncovered of a veteran being unfairly prosecuted under laws that should not be on the books.

In September 2011, former Army Specialist Adam Meckler was arrested at the VFW in the District because he happened to have a few long-forgotten rounds of ordinary ammunition in his bag. The veteran of both the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq was jailed and later accepted a plea deal, which he now regrets.

After Spc. Meckler was released from jail, he was fined and placed on the District’s Gun Offender Registry. As for Gregory? We aren’t aware of any jail time he’s served over his transgression; rather, he’s preparing for an interview with President Obama tomorrow morning.

So, the “no one’s really prosecuted” defense doesn’t seem to be holding up either.

Like so many others, Miller isn’t calling for Gregory to be jailed, but rather for journalists to be honest about the effectiveness of gun control legislation. Is that veteran one of the “actual criminals” who should end up in handcuffs while Gregory escapes consequences?


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  • richard

    The law should be applied evenly. David Gregory should be charged, tried, and with any luck, convicted.

    • thetreyman

      no, he should fight and win on a second amendment argument. then this will not happen to anyone else.

  • mickeyco

    Way to go, Emily Miller. I just started reading Washington Times as a primary news source & am pleased to find some “real journalists”. Just like the old days.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Look for her blog and read about what she went through, as a DC resident, to get a concealed carry permit. It’s a nightmare for people living there who want to obey the law.

      • mickeyco

        Thanks, Phil. I will.

      • mdtljt

        It’s just a nightmare period to live in or around there…so glad I don’t anymore…

  • Ginger1236

    What we have not realized is that David Gregory is a member of the ruling elite and as such is not subject to those pesky laws.

    • lainer51

      aka – “ordinary folks”

  • Justin Case

    Laws are for the little people to obey.

    • OhComeOn

      No, they ended Gilbert Arenas’s career in Washington, DC. He no longer plays as “Agent Zero” for the Washington Wizards. He plays for the Shanghai Sharks now.

  • dennylee60

    So being a Liberal allows you to say anything you want, accuse anyone of anything, beat up a person on live TV and now violate gun laws without any consequence. Nice. I did not know you get so much privileges for being a Liberal.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Yes, as long as you have a (D) after your name you have full privilege to flout the law.

    • Ken Alan Draper

      it depends upon your percieved importence to the liberal agenda. David Gregary is a high ranking member of the propaganda section of the socialist movement.

  • GaryTheBrave

    Newsweek’s Howard Kurtz has been defending fellow “real journalist” David Gregory for a week now over his open flaunting of Washington, D.C., gun laws on “Meet the Press” last Sunday.

    Twitchy, he wasn’t “flaunting” the law. He was “flouting” the law.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      At least he wasn’t flauting the law.

  • FFlintstone

    Kurtz doesn’t understand people are so upset because of politicization of the law under Obama. Obama has gone after his political enemies with much less evidence than there is against Gregory.

    Holder and Obama went after Gibson Guitars with the Lacey Act. How many guitar companies have been prosecuted for violating the Lacey Act? Zero! Illegal immigrants don’t get deported while millions of dollars goes into investigating Joe Arpaio without a shred of evidence. They just don’t want him enforcing laws.

    The rule of law should not depend on which party is in power. People are tired of laws not being enforced against people who vote for Obama and Obama’s political enemies being attacked with obscure laws.

    • HWGood

      So far, at least, they are sticking to using laws to attack people with. Even if they use obscure ones. But he’s got more flexibility now, so watch out.

  • Jack Deth

    So very sad. But in a humorous way. The core of comedy.

    Howard Kurtz (AKA Howard Wolowitz all grown up) really should learn to not tap dance so arrogantly around a mine field. Especially one which Emily Miller oversees.Every time he turns around or takes a step. He gets his ass handed to him!

    Very reminiscent of Sideshow Bob and a back yard full of rakes.

  • TocksNedlog

    Kurtz is one step away from saying that Gregory “doesn’t look like a criminal.”

  • Zefal

    howie did the same shilling for sandy berger and his sticky fingers with national archive documents. The guy is inherently two-faced.

  • http://twitter.com/MoueLaMoue Moue La Moue (D)

    Pffft! Laws are only for us, common, ordinary folk.

    • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

      Eh eh! We see that (D) after your name, we know you’re above all those pesky inconveniences!

  • Garth Haycock

    Kurtz is correct about one thing. The debate over gun control is absurd. The anti-gun crowd needs to stop trying to get rid of the 2nd Amendment and concentrate on the real problem…criminals.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    After all the kerfuffle and bad (conservative/ libertarian) press over Gregory’s public law breaking this past week (and his “elite” journolisters vomiting “public interest!, PUBLIC INTEREST!!!”)…ponder this…Obama & his people purposely booked an exclusive interview with Gregory slated later this morning.

    Make no mistake folks. They are coming for our guns. They will try to kill the 2nd in a death by 1,000 cuts. We are all Malcolm Reynolds now. BTW, Steyn’s weekend column over at NRO is a helluva read.

  • OhComeOn

    All the things we reject when an African American youth is charged with a gun crime are exactly what is being said in defense of David Gregory… he meant no harm… he didn’t know it was wrong… he’s not a bad guy… somebody said somebody said it was okay… prove it’s real.

    The defenders of Gregory are undermining the effectiveness of their own gun control laws with every word of sympathy and context they add. DC gun laws are strict and strictly enforced… no exceptions, no excuses.

    We all know that David did intentionally violate a law that his crew asked about ahead of time. The magazine he showed has scratches associated with its use, which corroborate Gregory’s words and those of his staff that it is real, and all that is enough to win a conviction. The veteran cited above was unaware of bullets left in the bottom of his bag, like breath mints in a woman’s purse.

    It is a hard thing to see a friend face up to a serious crime. Many have been prosecuted under DC’s strict gun laws, including Washington Wizards star Gilbert Arenas. Arenas was convicted solely upon his own admissions to the media that he carried guns to the locker room. People could only speculate how the guns got there otherwise.

    Like David Gregory, Gilbert Arenas broke a law that was a lot more serious than he realized, and he was prosecuted, convicted, and sentenced. Arenas served 30 days in confinement with other low-risk offenders, performed 400 hours (10 weeks full-time) community service, and was on probation for 2 years. Arenas pleaded guilty to carrying one legal gun in an illegal way, which is qualitatively different than possessing something that is illegal to possess under all circumstances.

  • fanofamerica

    Wait – how does Kurtz know it was an “empty gun magazine”? Not that it matters according to DC law as it states it just needs to be able to ‘accept’ more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Yet another sly attempt to try to move the goal posts?

    “It is also illegal to own what is considered a “large capacity
    ammunition feeding device,” which means a magazine, belt, drum, feed
    strip, or similar device that has a capacity of, or that can be readily
    restored or converted to accept, more than 10 rounds of ammunition.”

  • AltheDago

    The only thing absurd here is that that monstrosity of a law is even on the books.