Nick Kristof has gotten pretty good at pulling facts out of his butt when it’s narrative-pushing time.

Today is no different:

Pro-tip: If you want to have an “honest talk about the NRA,” you need to be, well, honest. And Nick Kristof, you blew it:

Leaders of the N.R.A. fervently backed a new movement to reinterpret the Second Amendment, which had been regarded as a relic having to do with state militias, as protecting individual gun rights. In 1991, former Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, a conservative, dismissed calls to reinterpret the Second Amendment as “one of the greatest pieces of fraud, I repeat the word ‘fraud,’ on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”

Now that “fraud” is the law of the land.

The reinterpretation of the Second Amendment is a tribute to the undeniable effectiveness of the N.R.A. Relentless campaigning by the N.R.A. and changing American mores have resulted in a Constitutional right to bear arms, in a blizzard of concealed carry permits, and in tough stand-your-ground laws. In contrast to Canada, the United States now has a gun culture focused on handguns, assault weapons and paranoia, and that’s in large part because of the N.R.A.

National Review’s Charles C.W. Cooke, for one, wasn’t about to let Kristof off the hook for peddling B.S.:

Kristof can’t address Cooke’s criticism. Because he knows he’s got nothing. The facts aren’t on his side.