CNN’s Don Lemon brought Conservative guest Ben Ferguson on the air in an attempt to use the Ferguson, MO incident into as ammunition in the anti-gun push. Instead, Ben pointed out the host’s ignorance on a key issue.
Don Lemon makes the case that automatic weapons are easily attainable, in fact he got one:
I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon. I don’t understand your argument there. It took me 20 minutes.
When you’re a journalist and you wish to bring up a topic, it is best to research it before going on-air. You see, a fully automatic weapon is otherwise known as a machine gun.
Definition of Machine Gun: “[A]ny weapon which shoots, is designed to shoot, or can be readily restored to shoot, automatically more than one shot, without manually reloading, by a single function of the trigger.”
The gun Lemon bought was a semi-automatic weapon (not an automatic weapon.)
Definition of Semi-Automatic Weapon: “any repeating rifle which utilizes a portion of the energy of a firing cartridge to extract the fired cartridge case and chamber the next round, and which requires a separate pull of the trigger to fire each cartridge.”
Doing a quick search on youtube, one would quickly find a great explanation and video demonstration of the difference: