Dem Rep. Spews Blatant Lies On AR-15 – But This Journalist’s Response Is Putting Him In a Tough Spot

New discussion about access to semi-automatic rifles is taking place after another tragic shooting in Orlando, Florida. Specifically, a democratic representative Alan Grayson made a wild claim about AR-15 rifles that has him in hot water with gun rights activists.

Grayson said in an interview with CNN’s Erin Burnett that the AR-15 is capable of firing 700 rounds pre minute, a highly exaggerated figure that’s more reflective of a fully automatic rifle than any semi-auto gun.

A conservative journalist jumped at the chance to correct Grayson, but he did more than call him out. He offered him 50k in donations to a charity of his choice if he could prove the claim.

Now Grayson is forced to either recede in shame or step up and admit the obvious. It’s a little embarrassing to say the least.

Here’s more from The Blaze:

“If he was not able to buy a weapon that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute, a lot of those people would still be alive,” he said. “If somebody like him had nothing worse to deal with than a Glock pistol…he might have killed three or four people and not 50. It’s way too easy to kill people in America today and we have to think long and hard about what to do about that.”

Burnett responded, “You’re right about that. Thank you very much.”

In the aftermath of the deadly Orlando nightclub attack, Rep. Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) said on CNN that the popular AR-15 rifle is capable of firing 700 rounds per minute. He was not challenged on the claim by CNN anchor Erin Burnett.

Police said Sunday that the shooter, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, entered a popular gay club in Orlando and opened fire, killing 49 people and injuring over 50 others. He was armed with multiple firearms, including a semi-automatic Sig Sauer MCX carbine rifle, not an AR-15. The gunman was killed in a shootout with SWAT officers.

“If he was not able to buy a weapon that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute, a lot of those people would still be alive,” he said. “If somebody like him had nothing worse to deal with than a Glock pistol…he might have killed three or four people and not 50. It’s way too easy to kill people in America today and we have to think long and hard about what to do about that.”

Burnett responded, “You’re right about that. Thank you very much.”

Multiple viewers were quick to question the claim. However, one conservative journalist went one step further and offered to pay $50,000 to the charity of Grayson’s choice if he can fire an AR-15 700 times or more in one minute. Conrad Close, editor in chief of American Crossroads, made the offer.

So far, no word from Grayson on the offer. TheBlaze has reached out to Grayson’s office about his AR-15 claim.

It wasn’t immediately clear where Grayson got the 700 rounds per minute number, but he is likely referring to the capability of a fully automatic rifle. A semi-automatic rifle requires one pull of the trigger for every shot fired. Automatic weapons are heavily restricted at the federal level.

However, several YouTube videos showing gun owners using a “slide fire stock” on AR-15 rifles appear to increase the fire rate dramatically. There was no evidence Monday that the Orlando shooter used any such modifications during the attack that left 49 people dead.

If liberals are going to use this tragedy to advance their anti-gun agenda, they’re going to at least have to get their facts straight.

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