DC prosecutor announces that the banana republicization of America is now officially complete

January 11th, 2013

Told ya so.

Irvin Nathan, the attorney general for the District of Columbia, announced Friday that he will not press charges against NBC News’ David Gregory nor any employee of the broadcast network for violating the city’s gun laws. Violation of the city’s firearms laws carry a maximum $1,000 fine and one year in jail.

Mr. Nathan wrote to an attorney representing Mr. Gregory and NBC News, Lee Levine of Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, that, “OAG has made this determination, despite the clarity of the violation of this important law, because under all of the circumstances here a prosecution would not promote public safety in the District of Columbia nor serve the best interests of the people of the District to whom this office owes its trust.”

By contrast, the people under the misrule of your office owe you and the institution you represent nothing positive at all: not fealty, not loyalty, not allegiance of any kind, and above all else, not trust. What they owe you instead in light of this obscene perversion of justice–especially those who have been arrested and paid the price for your precious, arbitrary little law–is open, violent, and ceaselessly implacable rebellion. As Miller says:

It is shameful that the politicians running the nation’s capital have sent the clear message that there are two systems of justice in the city: one for the rich and powerful and one for everyone else.

Oh, it is that. And it isn’t just DC, Emily.

Nobody should have been the least bit surprised; the rich and powerful have always been able to buy any kind of “justice” that suits them, just like they buy legislation, exemptions from same, or illicit access to the lawgivers. That’s as old as civilization, and won’t ever change–like the poor, these you will have with you always.

That said, this is a bit different. Gregory isn’t really one of the rich and powerful; he is a minor celebrity who is espousing the viewpoint that the Powers That Be want espoused. He is a Court Media jester, right down to the little jingle-bells on the dangling corners of the hat he truly ought to be forced to wear every time he goes on the air. If he’d committed his crime in the course of arguing in favor of the 2A rather than against it, there can’t be a whole lot of doubt that the outcome would have been quite different. Which makes this point all the more repugnant:

Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public following the previously mentioned events in Connecticut and the President’s speech to the nation about them.

Um, no; actually, that isn’t quite what he was doing. What he was doing was not “informing” anyone; he was mis-informing, trying to exacerbate general hysteria to obscure the truth about useless bans on Constitutionally-protected items in the course of advocating for a certain position, in direct contravention of his supposed “ethics” as a supposed “journalist.” He was, in effect, yelling “fire” in a crowded theater. Which, last I heard, was not Constitutionally-protected speech. Nor is openly, brazenly lying.

And then, too, you can add in this. Which I am quite sure the AG would swear up and down had no impact whatsoever on his deliberations. He’d be lying through his teeth about that, I strongly suspect.

Bottom line: this ain’t the country we thought it was, nor is it remotely like the country it’s supposed to be, and started out as. In fact, it isn’t even trying to maintain the illusion in any meaningful or remotely convincing way anymore. What it is is a third-rate, bargain-basement tyranny where the law of the land is openly flouted by the favored classes; innate, natural rights are trampled; and justice is available for purchase not necessarily by direct applications of great wealth (although there’s plenty and to spare of that, too), but according to access, cronyism, and support for the correct, State-sanctioned point of view–and where great numbers of us still cling desperately to a dear dream conjured for us from an early age but supported by…almost nothing.

Wakey-wakey, people.

Update! One of Heinlein’s many timeless and currently-relevant statements: “Before a revolution can take place, the population must lose faith in both the police and the courts.” The irony is that with every passing day, liberal-fascists are taking bigger and faster steps to bring about the conditions that will lead to their own demise.

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  1. Bob C
    January 12th, 2013 at 06:33 | #1
    Uh, since when is it the job of an AG to consider, or even speculate, what the motives of a law breaker might be? IT DOESN'T MATTER what this tool thinks Gregory's purpose was. It is against the law to merely possess said magazine. He possessed one. Of course, this result was entirely predictable. Unfortunately for him, Army Spc Adam Meckler's wife isn't cozy with this sorry excuse for an AG
  2. howardfrombroward
    January 12th, 2013 at 07:32 | #2
    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/11/Scofflaw-David-Gregory-s-wife-acted-in-play-with-DC-Attorney-General

    no crony conflict to see here, folks. move along. move along.

  3. mojo
    January 12th, 2013 at 13:56 | #4
    So shall we all refer to him from now on as "David Gregory, unindicted firearms criminal"?
  4. Drumwaster
    January 12th, 2013 at 21:14 | #5

    Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States

    I say that there should be ongoing protests of thousands of people on the Washington Mall, brandishing a clip exactly like the one David Gregory waved on TV, maybe along with a few posters proclaiming some witty slogans. See if that prosecutor has the balls to order the arrest of any of the people exercising their First Amendment Rights to support the Second Amendment. Any defense would merely have to point at this letter to get off scot-free.

    And to anyone who claims that "no one NEEDS large capacity magazines", I would point out that it isn't the "Bill of Needs".

  5. Anthony L.
    January 13th, 2013 at 05:40 | #6
    Banana republics require the public to have banana magazines. Lots of 'em. Too bad about that boating accident I had last summer...
  6. BillyB
    January 13th, 2013 at 06:09 | #7
    The Rule of Law is Dead.
    Obey ..... aw, ... whatever.
  7. HempRoleAndStreetlight
    January 13th, 2013 at 21:27 | #8
    Those who destroy the law can no longer HIDE behind it.

    Take warning statists...

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