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CNN Host Clueless on Semi-Auto Firearms

Don Lemon Automatic WeaponCNN’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:

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Rich Mitchell is the President and CEO of Anomalous Media and Editor-in-chief of Conservative Daily News. Rich is also a competitor in Skeet, sporting clays, 3-gun, Steel Challenge and USPSA.

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