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April 4th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

Obama flubs gun used in Sandy Hook

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 on Wednesday night, the president said, "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; a semiautomatic weapon was used in the Sandy Hook attack, 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. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also confused a fully automatic weapon with a semiautomatic one on ABC's "Nightline" just after the Sandy Hook attack.

The gun debate is worth having. We have had that conversation on the show and will continue to have it. And it might help the advocates of gun control if in their advocacy for stricter measures, they seemed more familiar with what exactly they are trying to ban.

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