Let us stipulate that this kind of law is just plain stupid. Empty ammo magazines are less threatening than mosquitoes. The point is, however, that liberals like David Gregory do subscribe to this kind of idiotic law -- for everyone else.
Was Gregory so ignorant that he didn't know he was breaking a D.C. law? Nope. We learned NBC contacted the D.C. police and asked for permission to wave the props, and the cops said no. Then Gregory did it anyway. So not only did he believe he was above the law, he broke it so he could produce maximum buzz for his Sunday show.
Naturally, other media elites leaped to his defense. Newsweek's Howard Kurtz acknowledged Gregory's opportunism, but chided the police for being sticklers: "Was the moderator of Meet the Press caught on tape, armed and dangerous, liberating a few Slurpees from a 7-Eleven? No ... Was it a stunt? Yep, and an eye-catching one ... But a police probe over what I assume was an empty ammo clip is a total waste of time."
Kurtz even made a little video for his site the Daily Download where he took a stand against reality: "Nobody's saying that he's above the law!" Earth to Howard: when you call even a cursory police investigation a "total waste of time," you're saying Gregory's above the law.
Somehow, Kurtz was "stunned at the vitriol" against Gregory for feeling he could violate the law because he waved a liberal talking point in the face of the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.
This kind of arrogant confrontation with conservatives was Gregory's chosen path to media power. He threw epic fits of egotism at the Bush White House at the late, great Tony Snow. In 2006, after Gregory demanded that Bush's "failure" in Iraq should be "put before the voters," Snow outraged him by saying "I think you've admirably expressed the Democratic point of view."
Gregory mounted his high horse and struck a Napoleonic pose: "Don't try to dismiss me as making a Democratic argument, Tony, when I'm speaking fact! You can do that to the Democrats; don't do it to me!"