CNN presented a report titled “An Up-Close Look at the AR-15,” featuring retired Lieutenant General Mark Hertling, a military veteran who firmly believes the firearm should not be banned. Hertling demonstrates how the AR-15 operates and, during the interview, coins a term that would leave many gun enthusiasts scratching their heads.
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During the piece, Hertling declares that he will use the AR-15 in “full semi-automatic” mode, a clear contradiction in terms.
The CNN reporter quickly follows up Hertling’s statement, saying that the firearm is “a weapon designed to inflict maximum damage.”
However, people were quick to focus on Hertling’s reference to operating the AR-15 as a “full semi-automatic,” as such a mode doesn’t exist.
According to a report by the Daily Wire, Dana Loesch, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association of America (NRA) responded to the report, stating that a “full semi-automatic” doesn’t exist.
Stephen Gutowski of the Free Beacon also noted the odd choice of words, responding to the report in a tweet, saying, “The weirdest part was that it was a former military guy who was seemingly against banning ARs. He fired off a few shots in slow succession then said he was going “full semi-automatic” and starting firing off individual shots more quickly. Such a weird thing.”
Gutowski also referred to the phrase as “nonsensical,” stating that “using the phrase ‘full semi-automatic’ in any context is absurd.”
Some realized that Hertling meant “pulling the trigger as fast as you can,” instead of an official mode available on the firearm.
Hertling says the issue isn’t with the AR-15 itself, firmly believing that gun collectors and responsible owners should be able to purchase the weapon. He states that the problem exists when the firearm “gets in the hands of the wrong people.”
He also notes that, when using “full semi-automatic” mode, he does note that he “probably won’t hit the target,” which appears somewhat evident based on the results.
“In my personal opinion, you have to receive a whole lot of training to use this weapon,” Hertling adds. “And this weapon, in the wrong hands, can be more dangerous than most weapons because of its capability to do a lot of damage in a short period of time, and be irreversible.”