So if you have any lingering doubts that the conservative “base” will be “energized” in November, keep in mind that most of these folks get their “news” from Fox, which keeps coming up with “stories” like this one:

A treaty being hammered out this month at the United Nations — with Iran playing a key role — could expose the records of America’s gun owners to foreign governments — and, critics warn, eventually put the Second Amendment on global trial.

You can read the whole thing, or just take my word for it that this “threat” is largely imaginary. But I do wonder if Fox has somebody sitting in a cubicle doing nothing but searching the wires for “stories” that include words like “guns” and “United Nations” and “Iran.” If so, the worker bee who found this one probably got a gold star on his or her calendar.

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.