Conservative Fox News host Sean Hannity is under fire for, well, misusing a firearm. At least three unnamed sources are accusing Hannity of pointing a gun directly at political analyst Juan Williams after an on-air debate, reports CNN.
According to USA Today, Hannity activated the gun's laser sight feature, which then caused "a red dot to bob around on Williams' body," and that he and observers were "clearly disturbed" by it. He was allegedly attempting to show off.
The report apparently went to Fox News higher-ups, but disciplinary action remains unknown.
Both Hannity and Williams have since published statements, detailed through a Fox News spokesperson.
"While discussing the issue of firearms, I showed my good friend Juan Williams my unloaded firearm in a professional and safe manner for educational purposes only," Hannity said in a statement. "Every precautionary procedure that I have been trained in since the age of 11 was followed. I've had a conceal carry permit in five states for all of my adult life. Any other interpretation of this is outright false reporting."
Williams responded by making light of the incident.
"This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm's way," Williams said in a statement. "It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends."
The two also took to Twitter to play it down further.
Never pointed at anybody. Let's be clear. Unloaded. Never pointed. I have been a gun safety advocate for years. https://t.co/11ArBIyjLs— Sean Hannity (@seanhannity) March 17, 2017
Williams simply reiterated his statement.
(1/2) This incident is being sensationalized – everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) March 17, 2017
(2/2) It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.— Juan Williams (@TheJuanWilliams) March 17, 2017
We may never really know what happened, but we can say, with 100 percent certainty, that this was bizarre.
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