USA Today released a video on Tuesday aimed at making people scared of AR-15 rifles following the tragic mass shooting at the church in Texas on Sunday by showing an AR-15 armed with a chainsaw.
USA Today released the video in a tweet which said, “A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting.”
The video highlighted modifications and accessories that are in no way common on AR-15 rifles and exist primarily for novelty’s sake, like adding a 12-gauge shotgun to the AR-15. Modifications like a 12-gauge shotgun or a chainsaw (which no one uses, and are sold virtually nowhere) are expensive and add a significant amount of weight to the rifle, making it nearly unusable for many recreational shooters.
Twitter accounts ruthlessly mocked USA Today for their deliberate attempt to inject fear into the public following the shooting:
USA Today eventually realized their mistake and clarified what everybody already knew — the Texas church shooter was not armed with an AR-15 chainsaw.