In the wake of the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut it comes as no surprise to see conservatives pushing hard against any new calls for tighter gun controls or a reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons.
But former game show host Chuck Woolery took it up a notch with a distasteful, poorly-timed manifesto on why Americans should have a right to own an assault weapon.
In the most laughable moment, Woolery makes the point that assault weapons act as a deterrent against foreign invaders. His reasoning? During World War II, Japanese Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto said, "You cannot invade mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind each blade of grass."
Of course, this quote is completely bogus, according to historian Donald M. Goldstein, who told FactCheck.org, "I have never seen it in writing. It has been attributed to the Prange files [the files of the late Gordon W. Prange, chief historian on the staff of Gen. Douglas MacArthur] but no one had ever seen it or cited it from where they got it. Some people say that it came from our work but I never said it. As of today it is bogus until someone can cite when and where."
Woolery also trots out the whole "defense from a tyrannical government" canard, arguing that the founding fathers wanted us to be armed equal to the army. So is Woolery in favor of private drone ownership? How about a tank in every driveway?
What about the founding fathers like James Madison, who were against the idea of a standing army? Would that mean there would be no need for private gun ownership?