The media got the type of gun used by Orlando mass murderer Omar Mateen wrong.
Several news outlets, including Newsweek and The Washington Post, reported that Mateen used an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle.
Mateen actually used a SIG MCX carbine, a weapon that does not even look like the AR-15, Bearing Arms pointed out. The AR-15 is a gas-operated semiautomatic rifle that was the base of the M-16 rifle used by the United States military. The AR-15 is a trademark of Colt that has been manufactured by a number of companies over the years.
The SIG MCX is a modular rifle system that has been designed to use a number of different calibers of ammunition. It is manufactured by Sig Sauer. The AR-15 is a larger and less advanced weapon with more limited capabilities.
“The anti-gun politimedia wasted no time at all demonizing the most common rifle in the United States as being the real villain of the Islamic terrorist attack on Pulse nightclub in Orlando,” Bearing Arms’ Bob Owens said.
Families of some of the Newtown, Connecticut, victims are suing AR-15 manufacturers, using the argument that the rifles are military weapons that should have never been sold to the public, The New York Times reported.
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton used Mateen’s killing spree to call for a ban on what she called assault weapons.
“This is the deadliest mass shooting in the history of the United States and it reminds us once more that weapons of war have no place on our streets,” Clinton said.
Wrote Owens, “All the media cares about is that they’ve wrapped their anti-gun dreams on demonizing the most popular rifle sold in the United States, and they’re going to keep attacking it, whether or not it was used in any particular incident or not.”
Owens argued that it would not have mattered what the terrorist used, because he was not engaged.
“With an ineffectual police response outside the club and no known resistance inside the club, it was sadly irrelevant which firearm the terrorist chose for his attack,” Owens wrote. “It’s important to be very clear on this: when a terrorist faces no significant opposition, any common firearm can be used to inflict tremendous casualties.”
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