Clueless CNN anchor defines ‘automatic’ weapon for conservative guest, hilarity ensues

News anchors should be required to know what they’re talking about.

But that’s not always the case, as was apparent Wednesday, when CNN’s Don Lemon let it slip that he had little understanding of America’s laws on firearms.

During a discussion of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo., Lemon suggested that it was easy for people to buy automatic weapons in America.

Conservative radio host Ben Ferguson took Lemon to task, saying, “for you to imply that anyone can go out and buy an automatic weapon is just not true, Don.”

Lemon adamantly disagreed. “During the theater shooting in Colorado, I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon, and I’d shot a gun maybe three or four times in my life, and I don’t even live in Colorado,” Lemon said. “I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon.”

Ferguson was astounded, while fellow guest, CNN’s Van Jones, seemed amused.

“What is your definition of an automatic weapon?” Ferguson asked.

“Well, for me, an automatic weapon is something that you can shoot off a number of rounds very quickly,” Lemon said. “I was able to buy an AR-15 within 20 minutes.”

Needless to say, hilarity ensued.  Watch the interview here:

The awkward interview drew a number of fun responses on Twitter, including these:




For readers, and aspiring news anchors, who may not know the difference between “automatic” and “semi-automatic” weapons, here’s a video from the Sportsman Channel:



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