When it comes to the topic of gun control, many media outlets can be counted on to be mendacious and unscrupulous on the issue, often to the point of absurdity.
These days, gun control can generally be divided into two camps: those who support gun rights and those who are largely misinformed when it comes to firearms and law.
In regards to the latter, a recent video from USA Today comes to mind, which either is the result of misinformation or the dissemination of such in order to spread fear based on ignorance.
In a recent news-video provided by the Gannett Company, the video attempted to dissect the Sutherland Springs shooter’s Ruger AR-556, a commercially-available variant of the AR15 that is remarkable for being, well, unremarkable.
— Blake Raab (@N4BWR) November 8, 2017
In their infographic, they showed the basic functions of the rifle but went completely overboard when showing “possible modifications” that could be made to the rifle, ranging from a National Firearms Act-restricted “master key” underslung shotgun attachment to the king of absurd additions- a chainsaw bayonet.
— Steve Konicki (@TheSteveKon) November 9, 2017
The publication then proceeded to show another model of the rifle, insinuating that the addition of Magpul furniture made it more deadly.
Needless to say, gun owners and skeptics on social media took to the net with a tsunami of mockery.
— Justin (@jmichael99) November 8, 2017
Taking a cue from the info-graphic, armed netizens began attaching their own “modifications” to the silhouette of an AR15, ranging from nuclear missiles to Chuck Norris and avocado toast.
The publication issued a “sorry, not sorry”-esque statement in response to the mockery of their far-fetched and stereotypical modifications.
— Tyler (@t_ancap) November 9, 2017
“To clarify, the video shows both the shooter’s modifications, as well as other possible modifications,” USA Today wrote in their video comments. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet.”
Unfortunately for USA Today, the internet is a fickle mistress with a long memory. Much like the media-political gun gaffes of yesteryear, this will likely live on long after the publication is dead and gone.
On a side note, does anyone know where one could get an underslung Velociraptor launcher?
— Shane (@TheShaneMichael) November 8, 2017