CNN, the network who once informed us that a shooter was armed with an “AR-15 shotgun,” has decided to give another whack at firearms education.
The existence and potential regulation of “bump stocks” has been a hot topic due to their use in the Las Vegas massacre. A bump stock replaces a rifle’s standard stock (the part held pressed against the shoulder. It frees the weapon to slide back and forth rapidly, allowing what was a semi-automatic weapon to fire more like an automatic weapon.
If you didn’t know what a bump stock was prior to the tragedy in Vegas, neither did CNN. At least, I’m assuming that’s the case given that they did an expose on bump stocks without accurately picturing one.
According to the Daily Wire, on Thursday, CNN continued the mainstream media’s long tradition of demonstrating a complete misunderstanding of guns when it displayed a graphic of an AR-15, and tried to explain how a bump stock worked.
While CNN congressional correspondent, Phil Mattingly, talked with The Situation Room host Wolf Blitzer about what possible actions Congress could take to regulate bump stocks, a graphic displayed at the top of the screen showed an AR-15 with a suppressor – which is a heavily regulated National Firearms Act (NFA) item – along with a grenade launcher – civilians cannot purchase grenades.
The graphic did not, however, include a bump stock on the gun, which was the entire point of the graphic and the segment. Instead, the graphic showed the gun sliding back-and-forth into the butt stock.
Watch the trainwreck below:
CNN has no clue. pic.twitter.com/jTSXxtvK7f
— ⚡️ Bear ⚡️💣💥💥 (@Bear__Naked) October 5, 2017
Missing from the pic is the weightless ammo
— Aaron (@Trinkdata) October 6, 2017
Come on. Cut them some slack. It’s @CNN after all. They got the gun part right.
— Daren Sorenson (@DarenSorenson) October 6, 2017
Relax. The gun IDENTIFIES as being bump-stocked.
— Richard Lauder (@Kauwhaka) October 6, 2017
The gun also features a suppressor (which the shooter didn’t have), and a grenade launcher, which the shooter didn’t have because life isn’t a game of Call of Duty.