USA Today issues a clarification after depicting a rifle with a ‘chainsaw bayonet’

A video posted by USA Today was criticized by firearm aficionados for its portrayal of the Ruger AR-556, the rifle that was reportedly used by a gunman to kill 26 people at a church in rural Texas.

In the brief video, USA Today identified components of the rifle and attachments that the assault-style rifle can be equipped with, some of them rare and ineffectual, including what appeared to be a belt-driven chainsaw.

Firearm enthusiasts and media personalities were quick to point out the far-fetched modification, which people have used to fuel stereotypes against the gun industry and gun owners, particularly in the wake of mass shootings.

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