The latest double-face palm from USAToday was not over their bad explanation of what a bump stock is (or ignoring that people can do the same thing with a belt loop or shoe string). Then they went full retard in explaining what makes AR-15's so dangerous, all the accessories that you can mount (on most other guns)... including the dreaded, "chainsaw bayonet".
Seriously. I thought it was a joke. But I checked, it was real article.... then they took it further, and promoted it with a tweet and a custom animation on the accessories for a AR-15, again including the chainsaw bayonet.
This of course, lead to a lot of mocking under the predictable hashtag #ChainsawBayonet Including the sharkwithfriggenlaser, velocoraptor and a smaller AR-15 under your AR-15 accessories.
Who didn't see that one coming?
When laughed at that it's not a real accessory, USSAToday offered a correction/clarification.... "The [Texas] shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet."Like that was the problem with their article? Someone needs to explain, "they were mocking you for mentioning it as a serious accessory, not because you originally falsely inferred that the Texas shooter might have used one".
It's real, kinda...
Ironically, there really is a chainsaw attachment, which is probably how they got duped.
So some people made spoof chainsaw attachments (in real life), but they made it to mock the absurdity of people afraid of guns, by putting a chainsaw on the end of a boom-stick, as if that would make the gun more dangerous. And those games were probably making fun of a movie (Army of Darkness, etc). that used chainsaws, when a gun would do fine without it. So it's a mock of a spoof.
But it's not a real accessory (as in something that makes the gun more usable or lethal). It doesn't make for a good chainsaw or zombie killer, and you could attach a chainsaw to any other gun, or a car, or baseball bat. It's absurd uselessness is what makes it funny.
So they make these devices as a novelty, mocking movies or games, that itself was mocking people that don't know better.
It's like cow-tipping, or snipe hunting, you have to be a rube to fall for it.
USSAToday, was a complete rube.
And I'm still not sure they recognize it, even after it's been explained to them. Slowly. A few times. As they refuse to offer a retraction.
Double down on stupidity
To show that this wasn't a one time mistake, they ran a fallacy ridden article, the next day, on how this is a special class of weapon that does ultimate damage to the human body, showing they know absolutely nothing about guns, ballistics, or the human body.
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