Seth MacFarlane has over 10 million followers on Twitter. In the wake of Sunday's Orlando massacre, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, he’s been using this public platform to take a strong stand against gun violence.
On Sunday, the "Family Guy" creator called for the banning of automatic weapons:
He subsequently responded to netizens who’d criticized his comment, and again stressed the importance of gun control.
MacFarlane failed to note that the gun used in Sunday's Orlando shooting -- the AR-type assault-style rifle -- wasn't an automatic weapon. It's semiautomatic, which means it fires a single round each time the trigger is pulled. That doesn't mean these weapons shoot slowly, however. Manufacturers have boasted that experienced shooters could fire as many as 45 rounds in a minute.
MacFarlane has not been the only public figure to support gun control measures since the mass shooting. Actress Julianne Moore, tennis legend Billie Jean King, singer Cher and comedian Chris Rock are among the many celebrities who have demanded change.
This article has been updated to include additional information about assault rifles and automatic weapons.
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