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No, You Can’t Fire An AR-15 700 Times In A Minute

Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) continues to beclown himself every time he opens his mouth, as he made the absurdly ludicrous claim that an AR-15 can fire 700 times in a minute.

Grayson was being interviewed by CNN’s Erin Burnett about the horrific terror attack in Orlando, FL on Sunday and like most leftists, Grayson blamed the gun, even though an AR-15 was not the weapon the terrorist used. But that didn’t stop Grayson from demonizing the AR-15 and showing off his profound ignorance of guns.

“If [Mr. Mateen] was not able to buy a weapon that shoots off 700 rounds in a minute, a lot of those people would still be alive,” Grayson said. “If somebody like him had nothing worse to deal with than a Glock pistol…he might have killed three or four people and not 50. It’s way too easy to kill people in America today, and we have to think long and hard about what to do about that.”

If Burnett were an actual journalist who did some basic research on AR-15, she would have challenged Grayson’s claim. But she’s a leftist hack, so she simply responded by gushing, “You’re right about that. Thank you very much.”

There is simply no possible way for an AR-15 to fire 700 times in a minute. An AR-15 is a semi-automatic weapon, meaning that it can only fire the number of times you can pull the trigger. It takes over .08 seconds to “to pull the trigger, fire, eject, load, and reset the trigger mechanism” according to The Resurgent’s Steve Berman. Someone would have to have superhuman speed in order to pull the trigger that many times in a minute.

Olympian shooter Amanda Furrer told The Blaze that she could only shoot three rounds per second–180 per minute–from an AR-15, and Jerry Miculek Jr, known as the “world’s fastest shooter,” could only fire off five rounds with an AR-15, about 300 per minute.

Even automatic weapons like machine guns don’t typically fire 700 rounds of ammunition in a minute, as their normal rate of fire is 500-650 times per minute.

American Crossroads editor-in-chief Conrad Close challenged Grayson to substantiate his claim:

Grayson has not responded to Close’s offer, and probably won’t, since he’ll be humiliated when he won’t be able to fire an AR-15 that many times.