“Hannity … pointed it directly at Williams, according to three sources with knowledge of the incident,” CNN said. “He even turned on the laser sight, causing a red dot to bob around on Williams’ body. (Hannity was just showing off, the sources said, but the unforeseen off-camera antic clearly disturbed Williams and others on set.)”
CNN quoted Fox News as saying the incident was referred to its legal and human resources departments.
“Sean Hannity has been trained in firearm safety since he was 11 years old and has a license to carry a gun in five states, including New York,” Fox News said in a statement. “The situation was thoroughly investigated and it was found that no one was put in any danger.”
A Hannity statement said: “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.
“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’ said in a statement: “This incident is being sensationalized — everything was under total control throughout and I never felt like I was put in harm’s way.It was clear that Sean put my safety and security above all else and we continue to be great friends.”
That didn’t end the argument online, however.
The same people outraged that a rapper pointed a toy gun at a clown are now defending Sean Hannity, who aimed a real gun at Juan Williams.
— Jonas Lefkowitch (@JonasLeft) March 16, 2017
Can you imagine if the roles were reversed & “Juan Williams” pulled a gun on Sean Hannity? Yep the word THUG would be spewing from racists.
— Nasty Woman (@realityfangirl1) March 16, 2017
FAKE NEWS: CNN claims “Sean Hannity pulled a gun on Juan Williams,” Hannity & Williams call BS, CNN complains “there is no room for dissent” pic.twitter.com/k5vTfFecXZ
— Newt-Trump Fan Club (@NewtTrump) March 17, 2017
— Linda Suhler, Ph.D. (@LindaSuhler) March 17, 2017
— Deplorable????Rāzərbak (@MediaJuggernaut) March 17, 2017
— John Adams (@DailyAdams) March 17, 2017
Sean Hannity pulled a gun on Juan Williams on the set of Fox News, once and for all proving Fox News is more dangerous than Chicago.
— Frederick Douglass (@HITEXECUTIVE) March 17, 2017
So let’s get this straight @TheJuanWilliams is nervous when he sees a Muslim on a plane but not when Sean Hannity pulls a gun on him. Ok…
— jelani cobb (@jelani9) March 17, 2017