Mainstream journalists are notoriously bad at covering gun stories, routinely flubbing even the most basic and easily-checkable details about how firearms like the AR-15 and their various variations, attachments, and modifications work.
But I don’t think we’ve ever seen a blunder this spectacularly, hilariously, inexcusably moronic.
The folks at Bearing Arms have highlighted the following video clip, from a local news report by Ohio’s NBC 4. It purports to showcase the destructive power of the AR-15, the rifle used by both the Texas church murderer and the hero who prevented him from killing anyone else, with a video clip of the gun being fired at a watermelon.
That’s quite an explosion, and I’m sure it left an impression on more than a few viewers … that is, the ones who missed an obvious problem with the narrative.
Watch the clip again. Focus your eyes on the gun rather than the target. Sure enough, the “AR-15” is not an AR-15 at all … it’s a shotgun.