USA Today inadvertently stepped in it by posting a video on its Twitter account that showed a “chainsaw bayonet” as a possible modification for an AR-15.
The video—which was created to stir conversation over the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas—starts off with an image of the Ruger AR-556 with the caption reading “Texas Church Gunman’s AR-15 Style Rifle.” It goes on to highlight the included components in the base model, including the stock, front and rear sights, handguard, 30-round magazine and trigger. It then shows the mods one could make to the rifle, including an “underbarrel 12-gauge shotgun” and a “chainsaw bayonet.”
USA Today quickly followed up the video with another tweet that said the following:
To clarify, the video shows both the shooter’s modifications, as well as other possible modifications. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet.
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 8, 2017
Naturally, the video was heavily lampooned, with users quickly responding with their own AR “modifications.” The first user to respond suggested adding a second AR with a “chainsaw bayonet” attachment underneath the first one.
Are you sure the weapon didn't look more like this? pic.twitter.com/MO4zNNz1iB
— Jacob Smyth
The same user also suggested a light saber as another attachment.
Or this? pic.twitter.com/z6RTFPaLGd
— Jacob Smyth
Once the ball got rolling, the whole thing took on a life of its own. Here’s another user with a Pepe Le Pew mod:
AR-15 with Pepe Le Pew Pew Pew Bayonet attachment… TAKE THAT SCOUNDRELS!!
Since fidget spinners are all the rage right now, why not make that an AR mod?
— Tim Jimenez (@FatherOfDaBeast) November 9, 2017
You just knew it was a matter of time until somebody brought in Chuck Norris.
I have this mod. pic.twitter.com/FKP7Xm6GEO
— IFancyFreedom (@IFancyFreedom) November 9, 2017
See some more responses below:
— Southbound and Down® (@13Sad) November 9, 2017
I want to get in on this
You forgot this modification… pic.twitter.com/aJjqrozvRS
— B93s John the Canuck (@johnthecanuck) November 9, 2017
— Kirby Craig (@willkirbcrai) November 9, 2017
Did anyone post this one yet??
— Vasilis Chronopoulos (@billxronopoulos) November 9, 2017
— Paul Anderson (@paulzpc) November 9, 2017
— Jay Do (@JayDon74) November 9, 2017
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