Fox’s Geraldo Rivera has been criticized for referring to AR-15s as “automatic rifles”.
Longtime Fox News journalist and co-host Geraldo Rivera received a spate of criticism on Twitter Tuesday after misidentifying the AR-15 as an “automatic rifle.”
In an exchange on The Five opinion session, Rivera and his co-hosts discussed President Joe Biden’s promise to ban assault rifles.
“I defer to you, ladies and gentlemen, that there is no legitimate reason… to have an AR-15,” Rivera tells the table.
However, Fox News host Greg Gutfeld pushed Rivera’s opinion back, asking the former correspondent, “What does ‘AR’ stand for?
“It’s an automatic rifle,” Rivera replied, to which Gutfeld said, “It’s not.”
“All I know is that AR-15s have no place in American society other than in athletic clubs,” Rivera concluded, adding that he “agreed” with Biden’s policies.
According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the “AR” in the AR-15’s name stands for ArmaLite – the company that developed the semi-automatic weapon in the 1950s.
The NSSF added that while AR-15s are often incorrectly categorized as assault rifles, an assault rifle is a fully automatic weapon, while the AR-15 “fires only one bullet with each pull of the trigger.”
A clip of Rivera and Gutfeld’s exchange was posted by the on Twitter Daily caller Tuesday Night, who added in the video’s caption, “Those most interested in ‘gun control’ tend to know the least about guns.”
the National Gun Rights Association also wrote about Rivera’s false testimony, adding, “Thank you @greggutfeld for bringing Geraldo’s massively wrong talking point to his attention.”
Former Tennessee congressional candidate Robbie Starbuck also released a clip from “The Five” on Tuesday, in which he mocked Rivera, writing, “He’s as perceptive as we all suspected.”
Bridget GabrielFounder of anti-Muslim group ACT for America, also tweeted that Rivera’s misdeed was “embarrassing.”
“Why does Fox News keep employing him?” she added.
Rivera defended However, his opinion on Twitter on Tuesday night acknowledged that he “heard the Daily Caller and fellow passengers rant about my misdefinition of ‘AR’ on air as in AR-15”.
“Whatever,” read the tweet. “The point is that there is no place (besides sports clubs and similar qualified environments) for assault rifles. They are backup attachments.”
Biden has repeatedly pledged to ban military-style rifles during his tenure. The guns became legal federally in 2004 under the administration of President George W. Bush and the Republican-controlled Congress. A federal ban on such weapons – which include AR-15s – was enacted by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1993.
According to a May 2022 report by NPR, the shooter who killed 19 students and two adults at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that same month used an AR-15 rifle.
Other mass shootings in the US that used an AR-15 rifle include Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, Pulse nightclub in 2016, and the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in 2012, read the report.
news week has reached out to Rivera for comment.
https://www.newsweek.com/foxs-geraldo-rivera-slammed-calling-ar-15s-automatic-rifles-1774528 Fox’s Geraldo Rivera has been criticized for referring to AR-15s as “automatic rifles”.