If you’re a gun nut, you probably know about the Don Lemon flap over his preposterous claims about buying machine guns in Colorado. Frankly, I would not know Don Lemon if I drove over him with my truck. I’m not even sure I have CNN on my television system. Plus, there have been so many foolish claims by the media regarding guns, I no longer pay attention.The only reason I’m aware of this story is it has been bouncing around the 2A community.
The striking thing about gun grabbers is how little they know about guns, gun laws and gun statistics. It’s just another example of how America is a foreign country to the typical media member. I think that’s why these types of stories get so much traction in the gun owning community. The lies are intended to dismiss gun owners as cranks.
Charles Cooke, a British import at National Review, has been all over it. Like a lot of Europeans who move here, Mr. Cooke has become a gun nut. I’ve known a few of them. It’s not that other countries restrict firearms so much as they don’t have a gun culture. The first time I traveled to Texas for business, my host took me to a range after work. Americans like shooting guns. You just don’t run into that everywhere. Heck, I’ve been on dates to the gun range. Mr. Cooke has embraced that part of his new country with gusto.
The question I asked in the comments is if there’s any proof Lemon ever bought a gun of any type. It is a huge pain to buy a gun in another state. Most states have laws against transferring firearms to non-residents. The FFL dealer will work with another dealer in your home state, but the home state controls the purchase. That way, they can make sure you’re not dodging local laws. You can buy from a private seller, but that’s not the claim Lemon made on TV.
As an endowment level member of the NRA, I naturally went to the NRA-ILA site to see the local laws in Colorado. It seems to me that Colorado is like any other state. They would have forced Lemon to go through a local FFL in his home state to complete the transfer. I’m also skeptical about his confusion over full auto versus semi-auto. How do you not know that after having bought an AR-15?
I think Don Lemon is probably lying about all of it. He would not be the first nitwit from the media to get caught like this. These people know so little about firearms and firearms laws, they don’t know how ridiculous their lies sound to people who do know the facts. The comparison I make is to guys who lie about their military service. The whopper works only if you know nothing about the military.