Automatic V.S. Semi-Automatic Weapon Semantics

Automatic weapons are SOOOOOooo easy to buy says Don Lemon:

Assault-Rifle-Because-I-Am-BlackPffft it’s all semantics bro, he says.  I really don’t think that guy realized he was wrong, and the guy on the right had that grin and was nodding “yes” when Don Lemon was trying to school the middle guy.

This is bordering on “Shoulder Thing That Goes Up” epicness, but not quite as epic since it’s not like Don is a senator or anyone important.  This was the first time in my life I’ve ever seen that guy, so I googled him and turns out he’s a “journalist” (haha yea that makes perfect sense) and a CNN anchor (even more sense).


Hat tip: Steve



Eric August 22, 2014 at 03:51 am

He had the opportunity to focus on the conversation on how someone with a criminal record, or a prohibited person, cannot purchase a firearm at a gun store. Instead all of them went DERP.


ikocher August 22, 2014 at 03:57 am

It sounds like the conversation got totally off topic by the way the beginning started.


Victor August 22, 2014 at 06:31 am

The guy on the right is Van Jones. Obama’s former green job czar who had to resign after his communist ties were revealed. He stayed quiet because he knows Lemon was wrong but it helps his point of view.


JoeDeke August 22, 2014 at 07:00 am

On the other hand, Don had a hard time with Talib Kweli as well. So that was fun.


ENDO-Mike August 22, 2014 at 10:46 am

hahah whoa yea that was frustrating to watch.


Cap August 22, 2014 at 12:09 pm

haha, amazing interview.


277Volt August 22, 2014 at 07:20 am

So the difference between an automatic transmission and a standard transmission must be semantics too.


st4 August 22, 2014 at 09:19 am

They must have consulted with that infamous Rolling Stones article.


Jabari August 22, 2014 at 10:12 am

Ignorance is bliss…


Scott August 22, 2014 at 11:41 am

Someone send Don one of the new Operator t-shirts. Let’s crowd source it!


IllTemperedCur August 22, 2014 at 03:08 pm

This is the same Don Lemon who was pilloried by the left last year after he admitted that “military-style assault weapons” weren’t a serious problem in the US. And that being disarmed is setting yourself up to be a victim.


Arnie August 23, 2014 at 05:30 am

So silly. Arguments about illegality and what is semi auto or auto will never do anything for gun rights arguments. Anti-gun people don’t care about the difference. When will gun guys finally get this?


ENDO-Mike August 23, 2014 at 10:49 pm

I disagree. Calling something an “Assault Rifle” and saying that that it’s “automatic” work to increase how scary it is to the general public. People use that to disassociate semi-automatic rifles from regular hunting rifles. Works like a charm apparently.


Andy Wolf August 23, 2014 at 11:14 am

Don Lemon is no journalist. He openly and gingerly admits to personal bias in both interviews. He strays from the front line if he can help it. He doesn’t check his facts, his sources, his “semantics”. He consistently bleeds unprofessionalism.

Mike, not all journalists are dimwits. It is a complicated job, my BS in communications is actually in journalism. I would get in massive trouble for finding the facts, gettin politically incorrect and telling the truth at the local and university papers. Usually your higher-ups report to someone. News has to be how “they feel” it should be portrayed.


ENDO-Mike August 23, 2014 at 10:50 pm

I hear you, I know not all journalists are idiots. It does seem though that a lot of the ones at these high-profile new stations are though so it gives all of you a bad rap. Pretty sad what you mentioned about how news is delivered as a result of a persons boss’ “feelings” but I guess that’s not surprising. :/


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