It’s time, once again, for the Louis Renault Awards!  As regular readers will recall, Captain Louis Renault berated Humphrey Bogart’s Rick in Casablanca, telling him he was “shocked, shocked!” to discover gambling going on in Rick’s Place.  At that moment, he was handed his gambling winnings, which he quickly tucked away.  In that spirit of inspired and shameless hypocrisy, let’s consider two recent developments:

Bogart & Renault

The Daily Caller has revealed that President Obama, who is salivating over the possibility of disarming as much of the public as possible, signed a bill on 11-10-13 giving himself Secret Service protection for life. Prior law provided for such protection for only 10 years after leaving office.

This would be the same President Obama who would deny American educators and students armed protection in their schools while sending his daughters to a school that has many armed guards present at all times, not counting the Secret Service detail assigned to the presidential children.

I’m shocked, shocked!

But I’m not surprised.  No rational person would deny a president or former president necessary protection, but one would hope that as an employee of the American people, any president would do nothing to deprive his employers of the ability to protect their lives and the lives of their loved ones.  Mr. Obama obviously has no sense of irony or shame, and without a doubt believes that his life and that of his family is far, far more important than the lives of the pathetic, meaningless denizens of flyover country, God and gun clingers all.  Why do such peasants deserve the same kind of firearms and magazines provided for the men and women protecting our royal family?

And I’m deeply shocked to discover that NBC’s David Gregory, who possessed and displayed a 30 round AR-15 magazine on air in an attempt to trip up NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre (he failed), will not be arrested or charged with possessing the magazine, which is worth a year in jail and a $1000 fine if possessed by commoners.  The AP, Via Fox News, observes:  

The city’s Office of the Attorney General, which handles low-level crimes, said criminal charges wouldn’t serve the public’s best interests even though possession of the magazine — capable of holding up to 30 rounds of ammunition — was clearly against local gun laws.

‘Influencing our judgment in this case, among other things, is our recognition that the intent of the temporary possession and short display of the magazine was to promote the First Amendment purpose of informing an ongoing public debate about firearms policy in the United States, especially while this subject was foremost in the minds of the public’ after the Connecticut school massacre and President Barack Obama’s address to the nation, D.C. Attorney General Irvin Nathan wrote a lawyer for NBC.

Still, Nathan said, there were other legal ways to prove the point and that ‘there is no doubt of the gravity of the illegal conduct in this matter, especially in a city and a nation that have been plagued by carnage from gun violence.’ He said it was a ‘very close decision’ to not bring charges.

NBC was very circumspect:

Meet the Press’ issued a statement Friday that said: ‘We displayed the empty magazine solely for journalistic purposes to help illuminate an important issue for our viewers. We accept the District of Columbia Attorney General’s admonishment, respect his decision and will have no further comment on this matter.

I’m doubly shocked, shocked!  The media doesn’t want to comment about a story about the media?  Who coulda thunk it?!

So now there appears, in the Nation’s capital, to be a journalistic exception to violating the law, particularly since the media provides the vital service of “help[ing] to illuminate an important issue [for viewers].”  One can only imagine what Gregory could get away with in “illuminating” stories about rape, murder, or similarly “journalistic” matters of public interest.

D.C.’s firearm laws are, of course, idiotic and no one should be punished under such unconstitutional and politically charged statutes.  However, many innocent citizens have been charged and convicted of similar and identical violations, and in many of those cases, their violations were entirely inadvertent and unintentional.  Gregory and NBC asked for permission to violate the law, were denied, and went ahead anyway.  It would be difficult indeed to imagine a better candidate for prosecution, particularly by a prosecutor’s office that persecutes with abandon other citizens running afoul of these laws.

As an arm of the Democrat party, NBC obviously benefits from Obama Administration crony corruption.  What a surprise.

UPDATE, 2120 CST, 01-12-13:  In 2004, while a state senator in Illinois, Mr. Obama voted against a law that would have provided an exception to draconian gun restrictions by allowing an exemption from prosecution for using a gun to defend one’s own home.

Keep in mind that as a state Senator, Mr. Obama voted “present” some 129 times, apparently to avoid leaving any political fingerprints.   However, he was obviously more than willing to leave his finger and footprints on a vote denying Illinois citizens freedom from prosecution for the heinous crime of saving their lives and the lives of their families in their own homes.

I’m shocked, shocked!

And in the Delicious Irony department (a subsidiary of the Louis Renault Awards), we find a petition on the official White House blog (here’s a screen shot in case it mysteriously goes wherever most of the information requested of the most transparent Administration in history goes) proposing that since gun free zones have

Gun Zone Petition WH

done such a great job for our nation’s school children, that armed guards for the President, the VP and their families be abandoned and gun free zones be established instead.  I’d demand the same be done for congress and all government functionaries.  Hey, if it’s good enough for “the children,” surely it’s good enough for Mr. Obama!