Geraldo Rivera Grabs Rifle To Make Theatrical Point In Gun Debate On ‘Hannity’

Fox NewsGeraldo Rivera put an exclamation mark on a gun debate Tuesday with host Sean Hannity by brandishing what seemed to be a rifle or musket. (Watch the video beneath.)

“Give me that rifle,” Rivera mentioned to somebody off-camera on “Hannity.” Rivera, who rotates as a cohost on “The Five” on Fox News, grabbed the vintage firearm and held it up.

“This is what weapons looked like,” Rivera mentioned, drawing laughter from Hannity and one other Fox News colleague, Pete Hegseth. “This is what they looked like when the Second Amendment was passed. This is what they looked like.”

“You’re going to get arrested in New York for having that,” Hannity mentioned with a smile. “I’m just warning you right now.”

“You wanna own this? You can own this,” Rivera mentioned. “You can load it, you can do whatever you want with it.”

“That’s very cute,” Hannity mentioned.

Rivera, a gun proprietor, was illustrating that the Second Amendment didn’t cowl fashionable firearms able to mass killings when the modification was ratified in 1791. And that AR-15-style rifles go far past self-defense.

But his showdown with Hannity and Hegseth, who bragged that he owned a number of AR-15s, principally went nowhere. The two tried to disgrace Rivera for not showing to know that “AR” stands for ArmaLite rifle and Hannity smugly mentioned Rivera had by no means fired one.

It seemed to be an try and diminish Rivera’s argument that defending one’s self or residence doesn’t require the firepower of an AR-15.

Earlier, Hannity used the shootings in Monterey Park and Half Moon Bay, wherein almost 20 individuals died by the hands of gunmen who used semiautomatic weapons, to dubiously argue that California’s strict gun legal guidelines don’t make residents safer.

The state has had one of many lowest rates of gun deaths within the nation, in keeping with 2020 figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and its fee of mass capturing homicides is beneath the nationwide common, too, the Public Policy Institute of California reported final yr.