Thousands of people have signed an online petition demanding that the Obama administration file charges against NBC’s David Gregory for his possession of a high-capacity gun magazine.
According to a published report over the weekend, Gregory held up a high-capacity magazine for ammunition on national television for a discussion of gun controls.
On “Meet the Press,” Gregory brandished the magazine and said, “Here is a magazine for ammunition that carries 30 bullets. … Now isn’t it possible that if we got rid of these, if we replaced them and said, ‘Well, you could only have a magazine that carries five bullets or 10 bullets,’ isn’t it just possible that we could reduce the carnage in a situation like Newtown?”
His commentary came after the Newtown, Conn., school shooting where 20 children and six adults were killed by a 20-year-old with several guns he had obtained, despite state restrictions that already should have prevented him from using them.
But the program is taped in Washington, D.C., and the district has a ban on such pieces of equipment.
So nearly 3,500 people already have signed the petition that was created on a White House website demanding that officials “press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington.”
Breitbart.com contacted the police chief and asked if there were any plans to look into the apparent violation of the district’s gun laws. In response, Chief Cathy Lanier replied, “Yes, we are investigating the incident to determine if the magazine was in fact real.”
The petitions are ways for Americans to bring issues to the attention of the Obama administration, and if the total signatures reaches 25,000 there’s supposed to be a response.
The petition states, “David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person.”
It quotes the district law, “No person in the district shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm. For the purposes of this subsection, the term large capacity ammunition feeding device 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.”
“We The People demand that he be formally charged for violation of this law on ‘Meet the Press,’” the petition, created over the weekend, states.
At the time of the stunt, Gregory was asking Wayne LaPierre, the chief of the National Rifle Association, whether his group would argue over gun controls.
Among the comments posted on WND in response to a report about Gregory’s possession of such a weapon component, one forum participant said, “We know how well criminals will comply with that limitation … don’t we?”
Morgan has been an inflammatory voice in the nation’s debate over gun-control legislation since the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting in Newtown, Conn., in which 27 people, including alleged shooter Adam Lanza, died.
Outrage over Morgan’s pro-gun-control views began last week, when the host engaged in a heated debate with guest Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, on his “Piers Morgan Tonight” show.
“The argument I keep hearing is, ‘Well if everybody else was armed, it wouldn’t happen.’ It’s a load of total hogwash,” Morgan told Pratt. “How many more kids have to die, before you guys say, ‘We want less guns, not more?’”
But Morgan really raised eyebrows when, in the midst of a heated exchange, he turned on Pratt and said, “You’re an unbelievably stupid man, aren’t you?”
Moments later he continued, “You don’t give a d— about the gun murder rate in America, do you? You don’t actually care.”
The next day, Morgan ruffled feathers again by responding to a Twitter message accusing him of being “gleeful” that the Sandy Hook tragedy happened to help advance his gun-control cause with a tweet of his own reading, “Of course I am, you moron.”
When the response was publicized, Morgan followed with another tweet calling his previous comment “obvious sarcasm.”
Apparently, however, some have had enough.
The petition to deport Morgan reads, “British Citizen and CNN television host Piers Morgan is engaged in a hostile attack against the U.S. Constitution by targeting the Second Amendment. We demand that Mr. Morgan be deported immediately for his effort to undermine the Bill of Rights and for exploiting his position as a national network television host to stage attacks against the rights of American citizens.”
The Hill reports Kurt Nimmo of Infowars.com fame started the petition.