CNN Bump Stock Screw-Up Shows Agenda More Important than Accuracy

By David Codrea

More accurately, how does propaganda prepared by the ignorant work?
David Codrea in his natural habitat.

USA – -( “CNN tried to explain a #BUMPSTOCK with an animation and failed,” conservative Twitter poster @jojoh888 tweeted Sunday. “Libs deserve CNN.”

The network isn’t ridiculed as “the most busted name in news” for nothing, and its “selective reporting” sins of commission and omission have been exhaustively documented over the years by plenty of others besides me.

In this case, they were taking part in a budding bump stock ban pile-on while trying to maintain the appearance of impartial and authoritative journalists – and as the screen capture above shows, getting the information they were mass-disseminating unsurprisingly wrong.

“CNN as usual is factually incorrect,” Historic Arms LLC President Len Savage told AmmoLand Shooting Sports News. “What the CNN animation is showing is a normal M4 style adjustable stock being collapsed and then extended repeatedly. (Not to mention the grenade launcher, and silencer are distinctly different weapons under the NFA and have nothing to do with a bump stock.)

“A bump stock has a shelf or rest for the trigger finger attached to the butt stock portion of the device so that when the firearm fires recoil makes it slide backward and because the firer must be pushing forward on the fore grip that pressure makes the whole firearm slide forward and the trigger runns into the firer's finger,” Savage explained, referencing ruling letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives. Several such “approval letters” are posted by Fostech Outdoors (which owns the rights to them) on its website.

The media is full of such “professionals.” Quote: “An elderly Iraqi woman shows two bullets which she says hit her house following an early coalition forces raid in the predominantly Shiite Baghdad suburb of Sadr City.”

“What I do know is that bump stocks were caused by the government,” Savage elaborated. “When 18 USC 922(o) was implemented it fixed the supply of civilian legal to own machine guns. Supply was fixed, demand has grown steadily over the years and American ingenuity was used to fill the demand.

“The bump stock and ‘simulated full auto’ was born,” he concluded. “Fact is you can bump fire any semi-auto firearm without a bump fire stock. The stock does make it somewhat safer to do so. I also know that Diane Feinstein was correct in that no legislation or gun control would have stopped the evil bastard in Vegas.”

And that calls to mind the position of the National Rifle Association “that devices designed to allow semi-automatic rifles to function like fully-automatic rifles should be subject to additional regulations,” giving the green light to Republican politicians to throw such devices under the bus. Trying to differentiate between “regulation” and “legislation” is equivocation in light of that stated belief.

Severe inaccuracy caused renowned statistician Dr. Fritz Scheuring to declare such records “insufficient for criminal proceedings.” That, and conflicting ATF rules and enforcement actions, have been the motivators behind Freedom of Information Act requests and subsequent lawsuits. Why would NRA want to add more to their plate?

Suitable draft picks from the minors…

Speaking of severe record inaccuracy, there’s no excuse for CNN or any professional news outlet to continue getting gun reporting so wrong. There are plenty of authoritative resources reporters can consult with, provided gun experts don‘t get sick and tired of being misrepresented and refuse to give them the time of day.

But accuracy is not in their interests. DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media) purposes are better served if they let useful idiot reporters and equally insulated editors and producers continue spreading their ignorance.

After all, a readership/audience that forms opinions based on such hysteria is likely to vote the narrative.

About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 27 thoughts on “CNN Bump Stock Screw-Up Shows Agenda More Important than Accuracy

    1. I wonder who threw those two rounds at her house as that’s the only way they could have hit her house and be in the condition she displays them in.refering to the cnn pic of the Iraqi woman.

    2. CNN early on was very reliable and fair. Then torturous Jane Fonda and CNN founder Ted Turner got married–then he and the network quickly took a hard turn to the left and worse, and it became the Communist News Network (CNN) we know of today.

    3. Everyone knows the lone vegas shooter used a barrel shroud to kill so many people, not just the slide fire stock. The “shoulder thing that goes up” also makes ar 15s sound just like belt fed machine guns, too.

      When we will finally get together and ban barrel shrouds?

      1. @trumped – So glad you are part of the FBI and know all the inside crap that is going on.

        No one knows and we never may know what happened. Someone is hiding something, but don’t think we are fools here.

        1. I know a belt fed when I hear it. Anyone who has fired or been around belt fed machine guns knows that was what vegas sounded like, not some bubba slide fire stock.


    5. CNN, NBC, CBS they are all the same. Listening to them is a waste of time even on the local level. The are all competing to see who can win the viewership award. They don’t care what ridiculous crap they spew as long as it gets the viewer’s attention.

    6. I was impressed by the Iraqi lady who says those two “bullets” ” hit her house.” I’ve heard of troops “throwing lead” at the enemy, but she seems to give the term a whole new meaning!

    7. Carefully crafted lies and misinformation aimed at the ignorant masses who believe anything they see or read in the media (there are millions of them out there). This should be a crime. The abuse of the 1st Amendment should carry penalties equal to or greater than those for people who abuse the 2nd Amendment. Criminal charges, fines and jail time and the guilty never again being allowed to publish or broadcast again.

    8. It’s about more than CNN and affiliates. They are supplying the wilfully ignorant with the ignorance they desire. It seems obvious that there are hundreds of thousands of people who desire to hear only what apeals to their downer beleifs. The fact the media os not held liable for lying and passing misinformation will only encourage more idiotic progressive anti-American views. Makes me think of the gothic/antisocial life sucks teenager’s my kids went to school with. People who come from good stock, yet only focus on whats bad even though they themselves have no more stress than the rest of us. Antifa types= gothic gone wild. CNN and viewing crowd= news gone goth. People just need to bone the hell up and stop blaming the rocks used to break windows and deal with the a hole throwing the rock.

    9. That may not have been a mistake on CNN’s part. Consider it as just another step in demonizing EBRs: this makes the uninformed think any adjustable stock they see is a “bump-fire” stock and thus even more eviller.

    10. More lies by the left to do away with our freedom to keep and bear arms. We got to fight back hard on this.

      “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to remain silent.” – Ronald Reagan

      1. That one did not originate wiht Reagan.

        And think about it…. in the fce of evil, anyone who does nothing is complicit in that evil, and thus NOT a “good man”.

        1. But when you point out that this is what thousands of “clean cops” do every day with respect to offenses commited by “dirty cops,” you’re a “cop hater.”

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