The White House petition site We the People is a rather ingenius idea of interactivity, one that has generated real news when it elicits an official administration response on a whole number of issues. The whole SOPA flareup in January was a case in point. But the site has drifted into absurdity, what with petitions to send Piers Morgan back to Great Britain for his stance on the 2nd Amendment, to another to “begin construction of a Death Star by 2016.” (Perhaps that will be just in time for the latest “Star Wars” sequel).
One of the latest petitions is to charge “Meet the Press” host David Gregory for possession of a 30-round, high capcity assault rifle magazine, which he used to make a point during his interview on Sunday with NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre. The petition passed 10,000 signatures, about 15,000 short of the number that will generate an official White House response. The petition, obviously. isn’t about really arresting Gregory, who may or may not have gotten approval from District of Columbia officials to posess the magazine, but for gun rights advocates to make a point about the restrictiveness of that city’s gun laws.