Geraldo brings musket on air to argue 2A protections don’t cover AR-15s, proves he just doesn’t get it

While holding up a musket on live TV, Fox News Geraldo Rivera displayed an entirely dishonest take on the Second Amendment — this assessment being an improvement over the alternative, which is that he is too uninformed to understand the intent behind the Founders’ insistence on the right to bear arms.

During the “Hot Seat” segment of “Hannity,” where Rivera debated gun control with host Sean Hannity and fellow panelist Pete Hegseth, he fell back on the age-old liberal argument that when the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, weaponry was much more primitive.

Hannity and Rivera went back and forth over what the “AR” stands for in AR-15 — many insist it means assault rifle, but it actually stands for ArmaLite Rifle, this being the gun’s original manufacturer.

“By the way, ‘AR’ is ArmaLite rifle, which is the original design company. That’s just to let everybody in our audience know,” Hannity said. “Geraldo, it doesn’t stand for assault rifle. That’s not what it is.”

“I said ArmaLite,” Rivera protested. “It is an assault rifle.”

“You probably have not fired one and compared and contrasted it to the other weapons,” Hannity replied. “The reality, whether it’s a pistol, whether it’s a rifle, America’s Second Amendment is clear. The right of the people to keep and to bear arms shall not be infringed.”

“How many is too many?” Rivera asked as if there should be a limit.

Hannity pointed out that politicians like California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom and other Hollywood celebrities who push for gun control regularly have armed security around them, before saying people have a right to defend themselves and their family and their property.

When asked what he would do if somebody broke into his home, Rivera had a prop pre-staged to push his anti-gun propaganda.

Looking at someone off-camera, he said, “Give me that rifle.”

“This is what weapons looked like,” Rivera said, as he held up a musket. “This is what they looked like when the Second Amendment was passed. This is what they looked like.”

“You’re going to get arrested in New York for having that,” Hannity said in jest. “I’m just warning you.”

“You wanna own this? You can own this,” Rivera said. “You can load it, you can do whatever you want with it.”

Hegseth, who got a good laugh over the prop, chimed in to say, “And I can ride to work on a horse.”

After making a crack about the rifle going off without pulling the trigger, naming actor Alec Baldwin who was just charged with involuntary manslaughter for the death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Hannity repeated his question to Rivera about what he would do if somebody broke into his home.

“No, I have nothing against homeowners having guns. I have a gun. Everybody I know — “

“Did you get to choose what gun?” Hegseth interjected.

“All my friends and neighbors, I assume, have guns. They’re not gun crazy. If someone comes breaking in the window, you take it out of your little safe by the bed,” Rivera said, before Hannity interrupted to brag about his gun collection.

“If you feel any kind of paranoia or worry, you take a pistol, you do what you have to do,” Rivera concluded. “But AR-15? You’re not going to use it. Where are you going to keep an AR-15? Over your bed?”

Of course, the primary purpose of the Second Amendment was not to protect oneself from a burglar, even though that’s applicable, but to ensure that Americans can protect themselves should a tyrannical power overtake the government.


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