Monday, December 24, 2012

David Gregory's kids' high-security school and guns

By Donald Sensing

Gregory Mocks LaPierre for Proposing Armed Guards, but Sends Kids to High-Security School | The Weekly Standard:

NBC News personality David Gregory pressed NRA President Wayne LaPierre on the LaPierre's declaration that armed guards should be present in every school.

But when it comes to Gregory's own kids, however, they are secured every school day by armed guards. 
The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends. 
According to a scan of the school's online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably armed.
It is a Quaker school. Quakers are historically rigidly pacifist. It may well be that the police officers, who are presumably not there on duty but are hired by the school, are not armed. However, having worked with Secret Service agents in my former career, I will tell you when they are on campus they are armed as usual, period. Even so, they are not there to guard the school but solely to protect the president's children and no one else. So they can't be reasonably included as armed guards for the school.

So I am not going to leap to accuse Gregory of hypocrisy on this matter.

This is, of course, apart from the fact that Gregory overtly broke the law by holding up a high-capacity magazine when he was interviewing LaPierre. In Washington, D.C., where the interview took place, it is literally illegal even to hold in your hand such a magazine. Law Prof. William Jacobson says Gregory should be prosecuted.

But the thought does occur to me: If President Obama thinks that his daughters need armed Secret Service agents' protection when they are on campus, on what basis can he deny other children the same kind of protection? Obama should put up or shut up: either order the Secret Service not to carry arms on the school's property or cease denouncing the idea that LaPierre proposed.

Update: The transcript of the interview (with more than of LaPierre) is here.

Update: The Washington, D.C., Metro Police Department has confirmed that there is "an active investigation" ongoing about Gregory's possession of the 30-round magazine - link.

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