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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)

Chris Enloe

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)
(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: