Ted Cruz Explains the Difference Between Machine Guns and Semiautomatics in Gun Debate With Alyssa Milano

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) explained the difference between fully-automatic firearms and semiautomatic guns to actress Alyssa Milano.

During the pair’s broadcasted debate on guns, Milano — of “Charmed” fame — quoted former President Ronald Reagan on his stance regarding the disbursement of assault weapons among the American people.

“I just want to read you something,” said Milano, before reading Reagan’s words. “‘I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting, and so forth — or for home defense — but I do believe that a machine gun, an AK-47, is not a sporting weapon or needed for [the] defense of a home.”

The Texas senator said that Milano made “a great point” before pointing out that machine guns “are functionally illegal” in the U.S. at the moment.

He went on to say that “one of the problems” regarding the gun debate in America is that “a lot of the media” and “some” of the people following the debate do not “understand” the terminology surrounding it.

Cruz then explained the difference between a “machine gun” and a semiautomatic firearm.

“So a ‘machine gun’ has been functionally illegal for 80 years. You and I and ordinary citizens can’t purchase a machine gun. Now, a machine gun — which is what Ronald Reagan is talking about there — as you know, you hold the trigger down and multiple bullets come out.

That is different from what’s called a semiautomatic weapon, which is you pull the trigger once, one bullet comes out. You pull it a second time, another bullet comes out.”

“And that’s different from like a revolver,” added Cruz. “Which you have to cock it, like the old Western six-shooters.”

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Cruz went on to say that he believes a lot of people conflate the terms “assault rifle” and “machine gun” when it’s covered in the media.

Milano — a gun control activist — also admitted to owning a pair of firearms for home defense during the debate.

“I have two guns in my household for self-defense, just so you know,” said the “Charmed” actress.

Watch the full debate below:

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Phyllis Softa

Bob Ross, thank you for the compliment, but my husband & I have no children, therefore I will never have the honor of being a grandmother. Having LIVED the 50’s & 60’s, I am aware of what the TV & movies available to us were. Tip: It was not simply “Leave it to Beaver” and “Heidi.” The neighborhood boys did not reenact “cowboys and Indians” and Elliot Ness’ “Untouchables” from reading books. If you can cite a country that also has video games, movies, and TV access with gun violence stats that equal our, I would love to know what… Read more »

Phyllis Softa

The families of the 22 killed and 24 injured in the El Paso, Texas shooting will be comforted to know that Crusius was required “to pull the trigger once” for everyone bullet he sent into the victims bodies. Make America Sane Again. I am 67 so I can recall a time when the lives of Americans were valued over gun ownership. That is certainly NOT the case in Congress or the White House today.



What was it "genius/expert" Biden said about banning multiple bullets? Were we to understand he was referring to them thar thingys what holds more than one of them pointy things what makes noise when hit with a hammer? This guy has truly missed a whole bunch of his shrink appointments in the rubber room.


An excellent point, but wasted on the bobbleheads. If you want to be taken seriously, you should at least understand what you are talking about and use the correct terminology.

“Shoulder thingie that flips up” is clown talk. Now to mount that chainsaw bayonet* and rig some multi-caliber clip magazines.

*It was originally going to be a drinking straw dispenser.

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