Donkey dung: It only took one tweet by MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell explaining how a shotgun works …

MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell earned plenty of derision and mockery on social media Friday after she tweeted a veritable conspiracy theory about the shooting that had occurred a day earlier at the offices of the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Maryland.

According to Mitchell, the suspect had used a legally purchased shotgun, and this was problematic because “a shotgun is like a backwards funnel, you don’t have to have direct aim to hurt a lot of people.”

Say what?

The MSNBC host picked up this ludicrous theory from fellow network contributor Pete Williams, who like her, knows virtually nothing whatsoever about guns.

“A shotgun, uh, uh, you know, if you’re not familiar with a shotgun, it sets out a spray of pellets and because a bullet simply goes in a straight line and shotgun is sort of like a backwards funnel, it spreads it out so that you don’t have to aim very precisely,” he said Friday morning on MSNBC.

“It can do a lot of damage to the people that you aim it at, but you don’t fire a lot of rounds with a shotgun, so I think that has something to do with it,” he added.

This of course was pure nonsense, as dutifully noted by Twitter users:

There would’ve only been spread had the shooter used buckshot or birdshot ammunition. And even then the shooter would have had to aim, as ammunition doesn’t just explode in all directions like a bomb.

As noted by Breitbart’s resident gun expert, Awr Hawkins, “[A]lthough the shot [from a shotgun] spreads upon leaving the barrel, it is not like shooting a ‘backwards funnel.’ Rather, it is like shooting a bunch of lead (or steal or Tungsten BBs all at once. The precise number of shot contained in a shell vary based type of shot and size.”

Williams and Mitchell’s interest in disparaging shotguns fit perfectly with the left’s overarching goal to one day ban all guns in America. It also proved why gun activists are right to fight back so fiercely whenever leftists even mention the prospect of banning so-called “assault weapons.”

First it starts with bans on “assault weapons,” then it becomes bans on shotguns and then, before you know what’s happened, it becomes bans on all weapons!

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