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.
CNN continued to use the completely inaccurate graphic across their network in multiple segments.
Take a look:
Below is a video that accurately shows what a bump stock is and how it functions on a firearm: