As information filters out from any chaotic scene such as the church shooting that left 26 dead, there are bound to be a few misstated details or general misinformation. However, USA Today’s reporting that the suspect had possibly modified his weapon by adding a “chainsaw bayonet” to the end, sent the internet into a tizzy.
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USA Today published a video on their Twitter showing after-market modifications available for the weapon used by the Texas church shooter, David Kelley.
The video details the typical aftermarket accessories including a 100-round drum magazine, an under barrel 12-gauge shotgun — and a chainsaw bayonet.
Yes, you read that right — a chainsaw bayonet was a possible modification the folks at USA Today thought was a feasible attachment. For anyone who is a fan of video games, the game Gears of War immediately comes to mind. Perhaps the writer had recently played the game and thought, “yeah, let’s add that possibility” to the list.
As you can see, Twitter had an absolute field day making fun of the publication with many offering their own possible modifications. Needless to say, some modifications are a bit outlandish.
After being mercilessly mocked on social media, USA Today issued a statement clarifying the article.
This isn’t the first time the publication was mocked by various news outlets and social media alike. After the Las Vegas shooting, USA Today wrote about the kinds of modifications Stephen Paddock could have used as well — before authorities released all the information we now know.
In that article, the author adds an image claiming that Paddock could have used a 40mm grenade launcher mount. Most Americans within the gun community are well aware that that would be a class 3 firearm, which cannot be bought at a local gun store.
After hundreds of people flooded the internet with their own creative weapon modifications, at the end of the day, the question became “where can I get one of those?” — and I don’t blame them.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 8, 2017