The NRA's farmhands are leaving nothing to chance. They have mounted the ramparts with Fox News' Sean Hannity, whose special training session for rookies blazed with a special TV episode at an NRA firing range to demonstrate the array of weapons that included the A-15 assault rifle. There also are reports of conspiracy theorists spreading the word that the massacre at Newtown was actually conceived by the Obama Administration to advance the president's support of gun restrictions.
But let's keep it simple. Let's turn to Tom Donnelly, the California Republican assemblyman who commented to a Christian radio show that guns are an expression of God's will .
Guns, he asserted, are "used to defend our property and our families and our faith and our freedom, and they are absolutely essential to living the way God intended for us to live."
Time to revive the Grumpy Abe Linguistic Lunacy (GALL) award. The competition is getting stronger every day, but Donnelly earned this one. (What would he say to Pope Benedict, who has endorsed Obama's plan for gun restrictions?)