A CNN anchor, Don Lemon, was on live TV the other day with radio host Ben Ferguson when the conversation took a turn toward Automatic Weapons. Lemon insisted that, after the shooting in Aurora CO in 2012, he was able to purchase an automatic weapon in Colorado.
“During the theater shooting in Colorado, I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon and I have maybe shot a gun 3-4 times in my life, I don’t even live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon”, says Lemon.
At this point, it’s pretty clear to Ferguson and the other person in this 3-way chat that Lemon may not even know what the definition of an automatic weapon is. So, he asks the question:
“Don, what is your definition of an automatic weapon?”
Lemon’s response was startling.
“Well for me, an automatic weapon is something you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly. I was able to buy an AR-15 within 20 minutes…”
Ferguson then explains to Lemon that an AR-15 is, in fact, not an automatic weapon. He also goes to explain the proper definition of an automatic weapon to Lemon, who is sure to get it wrong again in the future.
Watch the full exchange below. Get some popcorn ready, it’s that good.