It’s evident that mainstream media are awfully bad when reporting on gun stories, making a mass even from the most easily-checkable details on how firearms work especially nowadays when stories on firearms like AR-15 or its variations are current.
But until now we haven’t seen a mistake this hugely, hilariously, intolerably moronic.
Bearing Arms shared a video clip from Ohio’s NBC 4 local news report intending to show the AR-15 destructive power, by shooting at a watermelon. This firearm was used by Texas shooter but also by the man who prevented him from killing other innocent people.
Watch the video here:
It’s a big explosion and the viewers were surely impressed by it, especially the ones who didn’t see what is the obvious problem.
If you watch the video again and focus on the gun rather than on the watermelon, you will see that the firearm isn’t AR-15 but it’s a shotgun.
Tom Knighton at Bearing Arms comments how unforgivable this “mistake” is.
“Even Hollywood tends to get some aspects of the shotgun right, especially the pump-action needing to be…you know…pumped. That’s precisely what happens in this video. The weapon is pumped, then fired.”
“And the mainstream media wonders why the term “fake news” gets so much play. This. This is why.”
“There’s no way this is an honest mistake by an otherwise intelligent individual. I can’t even chalk this one up to laziness. I just don’t see how this is a case of simply not checking up on some facts and getting something wrong. This is either a case of weapons-grade stupid, or it’s a case of the media believing that you have a case of weapons-grade stupid and won’t notice the difference.”
That’s true. Most of American can recognize the difference between AR-15 and other rifles simply from watching action movies and playing video games, but also from firearms common knowledge.
Bearing Arms has also shared an actual video of an AR-15 shooting at watermelon. You can watch it here:
The explosion is still big, but it cannot be compared with the shotgun who destroyed the watermelon in the previous video. This raises the question whether the media decided to use a shotgun rather than actual AR-15 just in order to make a bigger impression on the public for their propaganda purposes?
At the end, Knighton clarifies why the videos do not show anything meaningful about the threat that both weapons present to human bodies:
“Flesh of any kind reacts very differently to being shot than fruit does.”
“Because of that difference, shooting a slab of meat, even with a shotgun, won’t seemingly vaporize the target. It won’t do much of anything as far as the camera can tell at first glance, truth be told, and that’s the problem.”
“Shooters like pumping rounds into watermelons because of their fragile nature. They react violently when shot, thus looking really cool and making everyone shooting feel really tingly all over.”
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