Semiautomatic doofus: CNN’s Don Lemon shoots his mouth off, beclowns self [video]; Update: Lemon calls fuss a ‘distraction'; Update: Now claims he ‘misspoke’

It’s refreshing to see something entertaining come out of the Ferguson mess. Thank you, Don Lemon:

Partial transcript:

Ben Ferguson: The law says that you and I can’t just randomly go out and buy an automatic weapon, so let’s deal with the facts here. A semiautomatic weapon is gun that you and I are allowed to own, and in different places they have different rules. But to imply that anyone can walk out and buy an automatic weapon is just not true, Don.

Don Lemon: What do you mean anyone can’t wa— Listen, during the theater shooting in Colorado, I was able to go and buy an automatic weapon, and I, you know, have maybe shot a gun, three, four times in my life. I don’t even live in Colorado. I think most people can go out and buy an automatic weapon. I don’t understand your argument there.

According to Lemon, this is all about “semantics.”

OK, buddy.

Au contraire. We quite enjoyed ourselves.

Annnnd back to zero we go!

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Update:

Don Lemon has a message for all the people out there mocking his incompetence:

Let’s hear it from Lemon:

Crappy journalism isn’t a distraction, pal. It’s just crappy journalism.

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Update:

Lemonsplaining:

From Talking Points Memo:

But Lemon didn’t exactly seem humbled by his pratfall. In an email to TPM on Thursday, he chalked up his error to a simple verbal slip and insisted that he does indeed know the difference between automatic and semi-automatic guns. His central point about access to weapons, he argued, still stands.

I mis-spoke in our discussion of guns with Ben Ferguson … I do know the difference between a semi and automatic weapon. And it doesn’t change the point I was making – that sales are through the roof and we as a nation should decide if that’s a good thing or not.

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Related:

Twitchy coverage of Don Lemon

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