A misleading graphic of an AR-15 style rifle posted by USA Today on Twitter drew the ire of many Twitter users who claimed the illustration was inaccurate and amounted to fear mongering.
The video was posted with the tag “A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting,” and then showed a number of possible accessories which can be added to an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle. Most were normal accessories that many gun owners routinely place on their firearms, such as extending buttstocks, optics and pistol grips.
Where it seemed to go off the rails was when USA Today’s video showed a “chainsaw bayonet” being affixed to the front of the rifle. Those familiar with rifles and the firearms industry say that a chainsaw bayonet, if a functioning model even exists, is not a common accessory that gun owners are buying.