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CNN’s Don Lemon Gets Lit Up by Conservative After Showing an Embarrassing Ignorance of Guns

CNN’s Don Lemon tried to make the Ferguson debacle somehow about guns when he brought on gun rights supporter Ben Ferguson and pretty much humiliated himself by showing his abject ignorance of what it means for a gun to be “automatic” or “semi-automatic.”

During the interview, Ferguson tried to explain patiently to Lemon that nearly all automatic weapons are illegal for Americans to possess.  The definition of an automatic weapon:

A fully automatic weapon (a machine gun) is one that fires a succession of bullets so long as the trigger is depressed or until the ammunition supply is exhausted. In addition, any weapon that shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot automatically, more than one shot at a time by a single trigger pull, is legally considered to be a machine gun.

When Lemon tried to claim that he easily bought an automatic weapon, Ferguson corrected him by presenting the plain definition of such a gun, which is illegal.

If gun control advocates can’t get the basics right, they shouldn’t pretend they’re more nuanced than people who actually know what they’re talking about.


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