‘Full semi-automatic’: CNN ‘reporter’ fires AR-15, gets brutally mocked on Twitter

In a video posted to YouTube on Monday, CNN reporter Gary Tuchman tried his hand at firing an AR-15, the weapon seen by most anti-gunners as the most evil “assault” weapon ever devised by man, under the tutelage of retired Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, a national security, intelligence and terrorism analyst for CNN.

Breitbart posted a short graphic of Tuchman trying to fire the weapon on Twitter:

There’s an awful lot wrong with this, as anyone who has ever had any firearms training can attest.

Twitter users responded:

That’s because there is an much that’s off…

“I bet the guys at the range were backing up and away from him. He is a menace with that thing,” one person said.  “He is pulling so far right he is about to go into the neighboring target area.”

Personally, if he were doing this on my rifle range, he’d be banned until he got some remedial training.

But, but, I thought the NRA is responsible for all the evil and death in the world…  Isn’t that what David Hogg wants us to believe?

As someone who has actually fired both an AR-15 AND a .50 caliber machine gun, I have to agree.

There’s another aspect of this entire episode that caught the attention of many.  At one point in this segment, Hertling, a retired Army general who should know better, referred to something called “full semi-automatic.”

Let’s be clear, actual military weapons like the M-16 I used during my time in the Marine Corps, had three options — Safe, Semi-automatic and Automatic.  Fully automatic weapons are not available to the average gun buyer, but semi-automatic weapons are.

Many caught this faux pas as well:

Indeed, this report does smack of propaganda…

Hertling tried to explain on Twitter:

“For all those critiquing my phrase ‘full semi automatic,’ you are correct. I was attempting to inform the crew that I was going from ‘single shot’ to continuous trigger and rapid trigger pull using the semiautomatic capability. My apologies…but perhaps you’re missing the point.”

But many took the general to task, saying that indeed, they did get his point:

Another person explained:


It’s not the first time we’ve seen this kind of reporting on guns by CNN, as Dave Workman reported here.  And CNN certainly isn’t the only outlet that spreads misinformation as we reported here, here and here.

One person said:


Despite all the hand-wringing and the propaganda being put out by networks like CNN, polls show that more Americans think government is the problem, not the lack of gun laws.

Here’s video of the CNN report:


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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