“National Rifle Association President David Keene paid a visit to CNN on Thursday to respond to several issues including a newspaper’s publication of gun permit holders’ personal information, as well as the saga surrounding David Gregory and the now-infamous gun magazine he displayed on Meet the Press.
Asked if Gregory should be prosecuted, Keene said no. “I’m not a vindictive guy who wants to go after David Gregory,” he said.
But there are two lessons to be drawn from the situation, Keene elaborated.
“One, Don’t ask the government what’s legal and what isn’t legal because half the people don’t know,” he said. “And secondly, that’s a silly felony. It’s a felony in Washington, D.C., to own that magazine or to be caught with the cartridge. I really think what David Gregory did while he was inadvertently flouting the law was illustrating in a very graphic way, perhaps not intentionally, but in a graphic way just how silly some of these laws are.”
When host Carol Costello clarified whether it’s the NRA’s position to enforce the laws that are on the book, Keene maintained that it’s not necessary to go after Gregory. “I think it illustrates the craziness of some of the laws,” he said.”