December 27, 2012

When David Gregory of “Meet the Press” on Sunday waved around a 30-round magazine in front of National Rifle Association (NRA) Executive Vice President and CEO Wayne LaPierre, he got some direct answers on the threat posed by the device.

When asked if reducing the capacity of magazines might save lives, LaPierre responded, “I don’t believe that’s going to make one difference. There are so many different ways to evade that, even if you had that.”

Now that the legality of Gregory’s magazine has obsessed the non-vacationing inter-holiday media, the item is getting further rotation on the airwaves. Today, for instance, CNN’s Carol Costello interviewed NRA President David Keene about that very magazine and the laws in the District of Columbia that outlaw it.

In response to a question from Costello, Keene outdid LaPierre by issuing a far more colorful quote on the regulation of high-capacity magazines: “I really think what David Gregory did, while he was inadvertently flouting the law, was illustrate in a graphic way … just how silly some of these laws are.”

Erik Wemple writes the Erik Wemple blog, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.