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Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:21 PM

 

Police investigating David Gregory for displaying illegal gun clip on-air

The Washington Metropolitan Police Department is investigating “Meet the Press” host David Gregory for a potential violation of the District of Columbia’s gun laws, a spokesman for the department confirmed to The Hill.

While interviewing National Rifle Association (NRA) CEO Wayne LaPierre on Sunday, Gregory held up what appeared to be a 30-round magazine to ask if it should be banned. The cartridge is illegal in Washington, D.C., where “Meet the Press” is filmed.


http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/274515-police-investigating-nbcs-david-gregory-for-displaying-illegal-gun-clip-on-air

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Reply Police investigating David Gregory for displaying illegal gun clip on-air (Original post)
dkf Dec 2012 OP
realgreen Dec 2012 #1
still_one Dec 2012 #2
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #17
tularetom Dec 2012 #4
malaise Dec 2012 #32
proud2BlibKansan Dec 2012 #3
dkf Dec 2012 #7
slampoet Dec 2012 #14
JI7 Dec 2012 #15
dballance Dec 2012 #5
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #6
Recursion Dec 2012 #41
baldguy Dec 2012 #8
OldDem2012 Dec 2012 #9
Earth_First Dec 2012 #10
jal777 Dec 2012 #11
Earth_First Dec 2012 #12
ManiacJoe Dec 2012 #13
DollarBillHines Dec 2012 #24
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #26
ManiacJoe Dec 2012 #31
randome Dec 2012 #39
Indydem Dec 2012 #16
-..__... Dec 2012 #20
AtheistCrusader Dec 2012 #18
DollarBillHines Dec 2012 #23
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #29
SCVDem Dec 2012 #19
copperearth Dec 2012 #21
WCGreen Dec 2012 #22
nadinbrzezinski Dec 2012 #25
Bozita Dec 2012 #27
Bucky Dec 2012 #28
WilliamPitt Dec 2012 #30
Raine Dec 2012 #33
Capt. Obvious Dec 2012 #34
Bohunk68 Dec 2012 #35
Buns_of_Fire Dec 2012 #36
backscatter712 Dec 2012 #42
Fla_Democrat Dec 2012 #37
Lurker Deluxe Dec 2012 #38
mike dub Dec 2012 #40

Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:40 PM

1. He was doing something good

 

Only someone irrational would want him punished for that.

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Response to realgreen (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:44 PM

2. Didn't see the interview so I cannot comment on the value, however, I would suspect if he was

showing a clip to make a point, and not using the clip, that doesn't sound that they would have a valid case against him or NBC

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Response to still_one (Reply #2)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:08 AM

17. Simple possession is against the law.

Akin to a journalist holding up a pound of weed on air to make some point.

The DEA has no sense of humor, and neither do DC Police.

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Response to realgreen (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:45 PM

4. I guess you'd have to call me irrational

Unfortunately he is getting busted for one of the few moments on air when he appeared to have a vestige of a spine.

But I'm just glad the slimy bastard is getting busted for something although in the long run I'm pretty sure nothing will come of it.

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Response to realgreen (Reply #1)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:21 AM

32. If it is illegal he should not have it - period n/t

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:44 PM

3. So how do you feel about this?

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Response to proud2BlibKansan (Reply #3)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:50 PM

7. I think whoever arranged that at MTP is in trouble.

 

I'm not sure how he pleads ignorance as everyone knows how strict DC gun laws are. They weren't thinking.

On the other hand, is there an exemption for TV news? Can they be in possession of illegal drugs or instance and get a pass?

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Response to dkf (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:52 PM

14. Don't you recall George HW Bush Holding up a big bag of Crack in his White House speech?

He even said that police bought it on the Washington Mall.

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Response to slampoet (Reply #14)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:54 PM

15. i bet he got it from W

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:49 PM

5. This is right up there with Janet's bare boob moment on the scale of things...

On the scale of things police need to use their time for this is just silly. In DC I'm sure they have more than enough gang violence and drug issues to be concerned about rather than a TV anchor making a point by showing a clip with 30 rounds.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:50 PM

6. Strange... I would have thought movie-makers & broadcasters would have an exemption.

Surely, movie-making companies, TV networks & what not have exceptions written in the law so they can film shootouts for whatever action flicks they're making. Couldn't Gregory's display of an ammo magazine have fallen under that exception? He does work for a corporation that creates a lot of action flicks.

Even in the UK, where firearms are mostly banned, there's provisions for entertainment companies to use weapons when filming action flicks - I remember in V for Vendetta, they had to jump through a bunch of hoops to stay legal - they bar-coded the sub-machine guns that the Norsefire stormtroopers were brandishing in the flick, so they can track all of them, make sure they're accounted for, and that none of them disappear to the black market.

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Response to backscatter712 (Reply #6)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:32 PM

41. NBC applied for an exemption and was denied

The magazines you see in movies aren't real, for the most part.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:50 PM

8. But if he showed an actual gun it would have been OK.

This country's priorities are extremely fucked up.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:54 PM

9. Good grief. What a pile of crap. Don't the police have enough to investigate....

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....without going after a journalist (I use that term VERY loosely for Gregory) who was, perhaps for the very first time, doing what he is paid to do?

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 09:57 PM

10. It needed to be done...

LaPierre just didn't like the hot seat.

I did not see the story, but methinks that this is NRA retribution for addressing the gun control issue.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:29 PM

11. Good

He broke the law, deal with the consequences.

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Response to jal777 (Reply #11)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:34 PM

12. He broke the law in order to engage in a national dialog on gun control...

Perhaps your skull is too thick to understand why this was done.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #12)

Tue Dec 25, 2012, 10:40 PM

13. But it still does not excuse the violation of the law.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:07 AM

24. What 'violation'? It was a fucking prop.

What if it was just a shell - no platform, no spring?

Good luck on any action with NBC legal division pissing down the DA's gullet.

What a fucking joke.

I am sure that NBC would welcome the spotlight against pencil-dick NRA.

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Response to ManiacJoe (Reply #13)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:15 AM

26. You do realize the entertainment division

Of NBC films with props all the time? They got these prop permits on file with PD

PD is wasting their time, serious. Or mostly going through the motions due to some idiots.

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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 05:19 AM

31. Could be.


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Response to nadinbrzezinski (Reply #26)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:12 AM

39. That's what I was thinking.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:05 AM

16. Well as long as he broke the law for a good reason!

As we all know, that is the metric by which we weight the law, the REASON behind breaking it.

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Response to Indydem (Reply #16)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:58 AM

20. And if arrested, charged and tried...

 

Jurors have the option of nullifying the charges against him... as it should be.

However... police, investigators, prosecutors do have an obligation to uphold the law.

If the evidence supports it... Gregory should be, and needs to be arrested.

His purpose, reason and status is irrelevant prior to any trial.

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #12)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:11 AM

18. I'm in favor of decriminalization.

I'd still laugh at a journalist stupid enough to hold up a pound of weed on live TV without explicit permission/oversight of the police.

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Response to jal777 (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:04 AM

23. Get a fucking grip

It was a prop.

Get a fucking grip.

It was theater.

Take some laxative, maybe you will feel better in the morning.

Get that O'Reilly - Limbaugh out of your packed colon.

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Response to jal777 (Reply #11)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:47 AM

29. Derp.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 12:36 AM

19. Try proving it wasn't a prop.

Next the police will come everytime someone on TV gets shot.

Good luck with that!

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:01 AM

21. Got an idea what these people can do with their petition-

Use it for toliet paper! What David Gregory was attempting to do was to illustrate to the publice what these 30-bullet magazines look like. They look so innoscent but they are so deadly. Yes, guns don't fire themselves but people do and that is something LaPierre refuses to admit!

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:02 AM

22. That's where they draw the line....

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:10 AM

25. It will stop once they

get the gun wrangler and prop handler. Have fun with the lawyers.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:20 AM

27. This is the most *INFUCKINGSANE* thing I've read in years!

Maybe after a good night's sleep, I'll wake up to find this is a fucking joke.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:45 AM

28. If I was a cop, I'd be worried about people having weaponry around LaPierre, too

That said, this is probably good for Gregory's career and might be just a PR stunt.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 01:48 AM

30. George H.W. Bush held up a bag of crack on TV once

Jail 'im.

For that, I mean.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:05 AM

33. Jesus Christ, give me a breaking ... how fucking RIDICULOUS! nt

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:12 AM

34. Righties are in an uproar over this

Despite their hatred of the liberal media.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:26 AM

35. He's a rich, white, non-gay

male friend of the Republicans. Nothing to see here. Move along. The laws do not apply!! He wouldn't even be stop and frisked in NYC.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:44 AM

36. I suspect it'll be a very short investigation.

A couple of calls to the producer, a couple of calls to NBC legal, maybe a representative dropping by to look at it, and that'll be the end of it.

For all one could tell on the screen, it might have been a non-operational 3D-printed magazine painted with a can of flat-black Rustoleum. Or carved, or plastic, or whatever.

Damned good thing he didn't show a nipple at the same time, though. That's a hangin' offense in these parts, pardner.

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Response to Buns_of_Fire (Reply #36)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:31 PM

42. It'll probably be the buck-passing variant of the Chewbacca defense.

Once the defense attorneys get everyone's stories straight, Gregory will say "I thought my producer took care of the legalities!" The producer will say "I thought props took care of it!" The props people will say "I thought legal took care of it!" Legal will say "I thought PR took care of it!" PR will say "I thought the producer took care of it!"

Lather, rinse, repeat, nobody in particular will be able to be pinned with actual responsibility, so the cops will just give an Official Wag Of The Finger and drop it.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 08:52 AM

37. The funniest thing about this to me is....

How different I know the reaction would be if it had been LaPierre holding up the magazine. There would be howls of outrage, calls for his imprisonment, demands that Eric Holder, personally puts the cuffs on him. And yes, the other side would be echoing the chant here, it was a prop, no one could seriously see it as an infraction.

It never gets old... but, it does get predictable.










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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 09:08 AM

38. Simple enough

Pretty sure that no charges would be filed, but a couple of questions would be in order.

The first of them, "where did you get this?"

If we want to ban magazines of certain capacities, than when one of them shows up somewhere it would seem the proper thing to do is find out where the hell it came from. Does not seem unreasonable to me.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Wed Dec 26, 2012, 06:30 PM

40. The authorities in the District need to relax

Surely they have bigger fish-to-fry.

To paraphrase Ferris Bueller: "Stick a lump of coal in a certain collective orifice of a certain city's police dept and in one week you'd have a DIAMOND".

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