CNN's Tapper: Obama, Bloomberg should bone up on guns first

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CNN’s Jake Tapper has a message for President Obama and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg: Learn about guns before you try and ban them.

During a segment Thursday on “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” the host responded to a flub made by Mr. Obama during a recent fund-raiser in San Francisco while speaking about the Sandy Hook shootings.

Mr. Tapper quoted the president as saying, “It is possible for us to create common sense gun safety measures that respect the traditions of gun ownership in the country, and hunters and sportsman, but also make sure that we don’t have 20 children in a classroom gunned down by a semi-automatic weapon — by a fully automatic weapon in that case.”

Mr. Tapper corrected Mr. Obama, pointing out that the weapons used in the Newtown, Conn., massacre were semi-automatic. He also reminded his audience about an interview on ABC’s “Nightline” just days after the shooting in which Mr. Bloomberg described the weapons used in the attack with characteristics only fully-automatic weapons possess.

“It might help the advocates of gun control if, in their advocacy for stricter measures, they seemed more familiar with what they are trying to ban,” Mr. Tapper said.

Mr. Obama’s staff informed CNN that he misspoke.

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