Obama again claims that the guns used in these attacks are machine guns
Jake Tapper: Last night, at a-no-cameras allowed Democratic fundraiser in San Francisco President Obama misstated the kind of weapon used in the Sandy Hook shooting advocating for stricter gun control the president said, quote, "It is possible for us to create common sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in this country and hunters and sportsmen, but also make sure we don't have another 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semiautomatic weapon -- by a fully automatic weapon in that case, sadly."
That is not correct. It was a semiautomatic weapon not a fully automatic weapon. Most fully automatic weapons, machine guns, are essentially banned to the public. When asked for an explanation, the White House said the president misspoke. This is not the first time a leading advocate for gun control has stumbled on the facts. Here is New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg on ABC's Nightline just after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
Host: That would ban most pistols. That would ban most . . .
Bloomberg: No, pistols are different. You have to pull the trigger each time. An assault weapons you basically hold and it goes [sound indicating rapid fire].
Host: No, those are fully automatic weapons.
Tapper: . . . It might help the advocates of gun control if they in their advocacy for stricter measures they seemed more familiar with what they are trying to ban.Unfortunately, there are many times when Democrats have claimed that these guns are military weapons, machine guns (e.g., see here). Tapper also shows a similar misstatement by Bloomber.