CNN’s Don Lemon clearly does not know the difference between a semiautomatic weapon and an automatic weapon.
Thankfully, conservative radio show host Ben Ferguson was there to help educate him.
“The gun law says that you and I can’t just go out and buy an automatic weapon, so let’s deal with the facts here,” Ferguson said, correcting Lemon. “A semi-automatic weapon is a gun that you and I are allowed to own, and in different places they have different rules. But to imply that anyone can walk out and buy an automatic weapon is just not true, Don.”
But Lemon continued to argue, claiming that he had personally purchased an “automatic weapon” following the mass shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado in 2012.
“I have maybe shot a gun three, four times in my life — I don’t even live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon,” Lemon continued. “I don’t understand your argument there. It took me 20 minutes.”
Recognizing that Lemon was greatly misinformed, Ferguson asked how the CNN reporter defined “automatic weapon.”
“For me, an automatic weapon is anything that you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly. I was able to buy an AR-15 in 20 minutes,” Lemon explained.
Ferguson rebutted, “With all due respect, you don’t know what you’re talking about. An automatic weapon is when you pull the trigger one time and it continually shoots off one after another, after another.”
Perhaps recognizing that he was in the wrong, Lemon accused Ferguson of debating “semantics.”
“Let me finish, Ben. But listen. I think you are getting into semantics. Regardless of what you want to call it, an automatic or a semi-automatic weapon.”
“It’s a big deal,” Ferguson fired back. “It’s the difference between breaking the law and not breaking the law.”
As with the Huffpo journalist who thought earplugs were rubber bullets, this is yet another striking example of the media’s illiteracy when it comes to firearms.