Washington - A delegation of 46 United States Senators who famously rejected proposals last year for gun background checks will be visiting an exclusive shooting gallery in the basement of the British Parliament's upper house, the House of Lords, next week as part of a fact finding mission into transatlantic politicians' leisure and recreation service provision.
The Lords Rifle Range steering committee will be playing host to the 'Second Amendment Posse', as it's been dubbed by the British media, in a scheme designed to help replicate and install a similar facility on Capitol Hill where National Rifle Association members are poorly served by a dearth of ranges catering to their favorite sport.
Headed by Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia the delegation will be shown the ropes in what is arguably the oldest and most successful shooting club in any governmental premises anywhere in the world.
Also on the Americans' itinerary is a visit to the Lords' virtual grouse shooting moor holodeck which techie geeks are currently updating to include a virtual alligator swamp - something of possible interest to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and his many golfing constituents who regularly risk life and limb among the state's reptile-infested fairways.
Commenting on the trip next week Lords spokesman Baron Russell Partridge of Foggy Bottom said, "Personally, I love a good grouse and this one harks back to The Redcoats Are Coming daze, what-what?"
NRA stalwart Wayne Lapierre is 69.