Mike Allen reports

Jon Meacham will brandish a Glock as he delivers an essay for “Need to Know on PBS,” airing tonight and again over the weekend nationally: “My father gave me a .22 rifle when I was nine, and a single-barrel .410 shotgun when I was 10.  I have inherited many of my family’s guns, including a rifle made by my great, great, great grandfather, which I will preserve and give to my son. One of the central memories of my childhood is of hunting (not well; I am a terrible shot) quail and dove and grouse on a farm on the Tennessee River. … [W]e should not be allowing the sale of clips like [was used in Tucson].  Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy and Senator Frank Lautenberg are sponsoring legislation to restore the ban on such weapons. We should support this bill with our full voices. Email your member of Congress and your senators urging them to restore the sensible ban of the 1990s.”

Note: Meacham is not appearing on Saturday night live; PBS's "Need to Know" is supposedly a serious television news show.