Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera put an exclamation mark on a gun debate Tuesday with host Sean Hannity by brandishing what appeared to be a rifle or musket. (Watch the video below.)
“Give me that gun,” Rivera told someone off-camera on “Hannity.” Rivera, who tours as co-host of “The Five” on Fox News, grabbed the antique firearm and held it.
“Here’s what the guns looked like,” Rivera said, making Hannity and fellow Fox News colleague Pete Hegseth laugh. “This is what they looked like when the Second Amendment passed. This is what they looked like.
“You’re going to get arrested in New York for this,” Hannity said with a smile. “I’m just warning you now.”
“You want to own this? You can own this,” Rivera said. “You can charge it, you can do whatever you want with it.”
“It’s very cute,” Hannity said.
Rivera, a gun owner, was illustrating that the Second Amendment did not cover modern firearms capable of slaughter when the amendment was ratified in 1791. And that AR-15 style rifles go far beyond that. of self-defense.
But his confrontation with Hannity and Hegseth, who boasted of possessing multiple AR-15s, was going almost nowhere. The two tried to shame Rivera for not seeming to know that “AR” stands for ArmaLite rifle and Hannity smugly said that Rivera had never shot one.
This seemed to be an attempt to diminish Rivera’s argument that defending yourself or your home doesn’t require the firepower of an AR-15.
Earlier, Hannity used the shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, in which nearly 20 people died at the hands of gunmen who used semi-automatic weapons, to make a dubious claim that the strict laws of California on guns does not make citizens safer.
The state has one of the lowest gun death rates in the nation, according to 2020 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and its mass shooting homicide rate is also below average. nationwide, according to the Public Policy Institute of California. reported last year.