No employees of NBC will face criminal charges over the display of a high-capacity ammunition magazine on a "Meet the Press" program in violation of local law in Washington, prosecutors told the network on Friday.
The capital city's attorney general, Irvin Nathan, said in a letter to NBC there would be no charges, but added that it was "a very close decision."
Nathan also said "there is no doubt of the gravity of the illegal conduct in this matter, especially in a city and a nation that have been plagued by carnage from gun violence."
The letter also confirmed the 30-round magazine displayed by show host David Gregory on December 23 was empty. At the time, Gregory was interviewing Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association, a strong opponent of new gun control proposals.
Nathan said the network used the magazine with the "purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy" not long after the school shooting massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.
Even an empty magazine violates city law. Conviction carries a possible sentence of up to a year in jail as well as a possible fine of up to $1,000.
Do you agree with this decision not to file charges even though it was a clear violation of the law? Disagree? Why?
Anyone else tired of the hypocrisy of these people leading the charge in so many different arenas? I'm not talking just about guns here now...I'm talking about people who just don't practice what they preach. People who base their political decisions on their moral beliefs, then get caught with a hooker or get caught cheating on their spouses? People who lead "wars on drugs" and you find out they do them or got a DUI? Or hell, people who lead charges against guns, then get caught with one at O'Hare airport, or those leading the charge, but who held a concealed weapons permit for 30 years?
Do we not see this kind of crap just about every single day? Yet, people will still tune in. People will still vote them in. Why?
Do you think if an average citizen doing, say, a Youtube video on the subject did the same thing, they'd be as understanding??
Do you think it was smart for Obama to go back and sit down with an interview with Gregory a week later?
Should we be holding these people accountable or are we content to just laugh this shit off and then complain when nothing changes?