On Wednesday, CNN aired an embarrassing clip of one of their employees attempting to shoot an AR-15 in a segment highlighted by inaccurate statements from both CNN and a retired military officer.
Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling accompanied CNN’s Gary Tuchman to a shooting range for a demonstration on shooting the AR-15, which drew instant mockery on social media.
Tuchman falsely asserted that a defining characteristic of the AR-15 is the “power of the bullet” that it fires. This is a common lie spread by the media as the try to scare people into calling for AR-15s to be banned.
Joseph P. Avery, a Ph.D. who has more than 30 years with the federal government in Army combat arms as an Air Force officer and in the Department of Defense, argues that the U.S. military is at a disadvantage because it uses the M-4/M16, which is the military version of the AR-15. Avery writes:
Despite incremental improvements, the M16 rifle and its 5.56 mm NATO round are unable to compete effectively in current and anticipated combat environments because of the physics of ballistic performance, combat terrain, and the nature and fighting characteristics of the enemy…
…The M16 has had two problems in the past: a cartridge with a projectile that is far too small (62 gr.) and underpowered, and a weapon platform that is unreliable and prone to jamming because of basic design flaws.
Hertling also made a head-scratching comment. “Now those are single shots,” he says. “If I wanted to fire this on full semi-automatic all I do is keep firing.”
Problem: There is no such thing as “full semi-automatic.” Hertling later acknowledged as much in some tweets.
CNN’s segment was thoroughly mocked on social media as the network once again proved why many Americans do not take the media’s “expertise” on firearms seriously.