The Left in its rush to judgment and its constant harping on outlawing guns and destroying the 2nd Amendment, will go to any length to confuse Americans about what type of guns are available for purchase by the public. To further its agenda the Left will often exaggerate and use terms that are not applicable. In response to the Orlando Terrorist attack Liberal/ Left Democrats are telling us that automatic weapons were used in this attack. this is not true. They are also saying that Mateen used an AR-15 rifle. This is not true either.
First. let’s make it clear that automatic weapons (like machine guns) cannot be purchased by American citizens. Semi-automatic firearms can be. So what Mateen used was semi-automatic weapons. This required him to pull the trigger for each shot.
A machine gun is a military weapon capable of fully automatic fire. That is, the weapon continues to fire until it runs out of ammunition, so long as the trigger is pulled down. In the United States and elsewhere around the world, these weapons are likely to only be found on a battlefield [source: Violence Policy Center].
A semi-automatic weapon, on the other hand, could be described as a civilian version of a military machine gun, one that is less capable of rapid fire. Although the firearm automatically reloads, a shooter must pull the trigger separately in order to fire another round. Semi-automatic weapons are typically pistols, rifles and shotguns, including the AK-47 and AR-15 rifles, the UZI submachine guns, and MAC-10 machine pistols. These firearms are often referred to as “assault weapons,” based on their rapid-fire capability. Gun rights advocates have taken issue with the term, however, arguing that it only applies to fully automatic, “spray firing” weapons [source: Violence Policy Center].
The majority of all firearms today, including handguns, are semi-automatic. Outlawing semi-automatic firearms would put an individual trying to protect himself at a distinct disadvatage as criminals will always possess them.
Several news outlets have identified the weapon used in the Orlando terrorist attack as an AR-15 rifle.
“AR-15 Rifle Used in Orlando Massacre Has Bloody Pedigree,” an NBC News headline reads.
However, it turns out the Islamic State-supporting killer didn’t actually use an AR-15 to carry out the insidious at a gay nightclub that left 49 people dead and dozens more injured.
The terrorist was actually armed with a Sig Sauer MCX carbine. Bearing Arms’ Bob Owens has more details about the firearm and how it relates to an AR-15:
The rifle used by the Islamist terrorist in Orlando was instead a Sig Sauer MCX carbine, a modular, multi-caliber (able to swap to different calibers, including 5.56 NATO, 300 BLK, and 7.62×39) rifle system that sometimes utilizes STANAG magazines common to more than 60 different firearms, but otherwise has no major parts that interface with AR-15s in any way, shape or form.
So how did the weapon become erroneously classified as an AR-15?
It appears that Orlando Police Chief John Mina initially described the weapon as an “AR-15-style assault rifle” and media outlets ran with the classification, several dropping “style” from the description.
The AR-15 is one of the most popular rifles in the U.S. and is regularly demonized by gun control advocates as a “weapon of war.” The semi-automatic rifle is also routinely confused as being a “machine gun” or fully automatic.
“Orlando Shooting Puts Spotlight on AR-15 Rifle,” Newsweek declared.
The Washington Post offered the headline: “The history of the AR-15, the weapon that had a hand in the United States’ worst mass shooting.”