The White House petition calling for the arrest of NBC commentator David Gregory has passed the two-thirds point. The current total is 17,167 signatures and the petition seems to be on track to easily obtain 7,833 additional signatures required by Jan. 22 to reach the 25,000 required to elicit a response from the White House.
The clamor for David Gregory's arrest came in the wake of the now infamous Dec. 22nd broadcast of Meet the Press in which he brandished a high capacity magazine during an interview with the NRA's Wayne LaPierre.
Critics were quick to point out the hypocrisy of David Gregory using his position as a commentator to call for more gun control legislation while committing a felony violation of the existing DC statutes.
Under DC's stringent gun control laws, the mere possession of a high capacity magazine carries a penalty of a year in jail and a $1,000 fine and is considered a felony arrest.
The petition reads,
WE PETITION THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO:
Press charges against David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capacity assault rifle magazine in Washington D.C
David Gregory is not above the law; he is a journalist, and must be held accountable to the same law as every other person.
DC High Capacity Ammunition Magazines – D.C. Official Code 7-2506.01
(b) 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."
Despite the videotaped evidence from the broadcast and the passage of nearly two weeks since the incident took place, DC Metro Police have failed to make an arrest and have declined comment except to state that "the matter is under investigation."