When a former Army Specialist breaks Washington DC gun laws by having a few rounds of ammo at the bottom of his backpack (but no gun), he gets arrested.
When TV talking head David Gregory breaks Washington DC gun laws by having a high-capacity magazine (on-air, no less), he isn’t even contacted by police.
The fact that these regulations are idiotic is a secondary issue here—either consistently enforce the law or don’t.
Mark Steyn said it well, “Laws either apply to all of us or none of us. If they apply only to some, they’re not laws but caprices—and all tyranny is capricious.”
But on to that secondary issue…
It’s a good thing they have all these laws (like marriage laws, tax laws, gun laws, health laws, seat belt laws, licensing regulations, etc) to protect us. Sure, “important” people like David Gregory are exempt, probably because he’s smarter than you and better able to take care of himself. Unlike you and me, ignorant plebeians that we are.
Sadly, this is not an isolated incident of government regulations smashing into common sense and criminalizing decent people. Just read down this post by Dan Mitchell and read a few, like an 11-year-old girl being fined $535 for rescuing a wounded woodpecker.
There are unintended but always inevitable consequences of all these ticky-tack laws that seek to “protect”—they ensnare regular, law-abiding citizens. How about we try liberty for a change?
…in a land choked with laws, “obviousness” is one of the first casualties—and “obviously” innocent citizens have their “obviously” well-intentioned actions criminalized every minute of the day.