USA Today was widely mocked on Twitter Wednesday for a graphic making it seem as if the Texas church shooter used an assault-style rifle modified with a "chainsaw bayonet."
The news organization tweeted, "A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting," and included a video with a graphic of a Ruger AR-556 rifle with several modifications, including a chainsaw bayonet.
While it does appear that a chainsaw bayonet is a real modification that can be made to rifles, USA Today later tweeted a clarification saying, "To clarify, the video shows both the shooter’s modifications, as well as other possible modifications. The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet."
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
The original tweet inspired a host of imaginative Twitter users to design other possible modifications to assault-style rifles that USA Today left out of their original video.
For millennial gun enthusiasts:
For use in a galaxy far, far away:
And for good measure, some terrifying, but implausible modifications: