Last week, NBC’s Meet the Press personality David Gregory displayed a standard-capacity, 30-round, G.I.-issue, STANAG 4179-compatible, aluminum 5.56 rifle magazine on the air as part of a televised gun control harangue. This magazine is ubiquitous in most of the free United States, can generally be purchased for less than ten dollars when in stock… and criminal to possess in NBC’s studio’s in the District of Columbia.
Violators are subject to a $1,000 fine and/or a year in prison.
The Metropolitan Police Department is charged with the responsibility to enforce the laws of Washington, D.C., and they have direct evidence that David Gregory flargrantly violated this law in a nationally televised broadcast. Furthermore, it appears that NBC knowingly violated this law, as representatives of the network allegedly asked the Metropolitan Police Department for permission to violate the law, was denied a variance, and committed the crime of bringing the magazine into the district anyway.
It has been a week since Gregory blatantly and willfully violated the law.
To date, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier’s Department has refused to do their duty. It cannot be that Lanier is a fool. With multiple college degrees including two Master’s degrees, and a long career in law enforcement, she knows the laws of the District of Columbia as well as anyone, and better than most.
Lanier or her deputies should have had Gregory arrested on the spot last Sunday morning during or directly after the broadcast with the evidence still hot in his hands. They refused. they’ve since launched an “investigation,” a government euphemism for “oh crap, let’s see if we can stall our way out of this.”
You can’t blame Lanier for trying. It’s worked for U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, after all, with a laundry list of dishonorable and criminal activities within the Department of Justice. And yet, Holder is a contemptuous political creature, never really a law enforcement officer. You can’t blame a scorpion for being a scorpion.
Cathy Lanier, on the other hand, is a real American, and a real cop. She was a high school drop-out and unwed mother who determined to make her life a success story, and rose to be the Chief of Police of the city that is the seat of the most powerful nation the world has ever known. And yet, her success story may end shamefully.
If Chief Lanier refuses to arrest David Gregory, she has, by common usage and dictionary definition, betrayed everything she’s ever stood for by allowing tyranny:
tyranny noun, plural tyr·an·nies. the arbitrary or unrestrained exercise of power; despotic abuse of authority.
Chief Lanier’s Metropolitan Police Department appears to be on the cusp of sacrificing their moral legitimacy as upholders of the laws of the District of Columbia.
We can only hope they are not that unwise.