A quarter of a century ago Charlton Heston rallied the troops of the National Rifle Association by warning that if the government wanted his gun, they would have to remove it from his “cold dead hands”.
These days members of the American right are defending a rather more domestic cornerstone of their lifestyle. “I’ll never give up my gas stove,” Ronny Jackson, Republican congressman for Texas, said earlier this year. “If the maniacs in the White House come for my stove, they can pry it from my cold dead hands.”
The right to cook on gas has become an unlikely culture war in the US — triggered by laws passed in New York, San Francisco and Berkeley, California, to ban gas boilers and cookers because