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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