CNN mocked with hilarious reaction for showing rifle with grenade launcher while talking bump stocks

CNN mocked with hilarious reaction for showing rifle with grenade launcher while talking bump stocks
CNN was raked over the coals after they mis-represented bump stocks. (Image via Twitter screenshot)

CNN came under fire on Friday after they attempted to show viewers how bump stocks work on semi-automatic rifles — but used a depiction of a rifle that didn’t have a bump stock on it.

What happened?

During a segment on Friday discussing bump stocks and their legality, CNN producers put on screen a picture of semi-automatic rifle that had no bump stock, but did have a grenade launder and suppressor, both of which can only be legally obtained after an arduous government process.

The animation showed what a bump stock allows a rifle to do — it allows the rifle’s recoil to help the gun fire more rapidly, even at a fully automatic rate. But a bump stock is an entirely different stock. CNN’s rifle animation simply showed an adjustable stock.

What does an actual bump stock look like?

A bump stock device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown here at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)
A bump stock device that fits on a semi-automatic rifle to increase the firing speed, making it similar to a fully automatic rifle, is shown here at a gun store on October 5, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (George Frey/Getty Images)
(George Frey/Getty Images)
(George Frey/Getty Images)

How did Americans react?

CNN has been widely scrutinized in the Trump-era, given that the president regularly charges that CNN is “fake news.” Obviously, criticizing bump stocks, while showing viewers a rifle with no bump stock and a grenade launcher, did not go over well.

Here’s what people said: