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.”
— Andrea Mitchell (@mitchellreports) June 29, 2018
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:
This isn’t actually true. https://t.co/1lwQS8WyFd
— Instapundit.com (@instapundit) June 29, 2018
Another entirely misleading statement put out not to educate, but to propagandize. This is getting out of hand. If you don’t know what you’re talking about then go educate yourself before you try to “educate” others. https://t.co/WE4vWpGtzg
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) June 29, 2018
Ah, another episode of “People Who Have No Idea How Guns Work Lecture Us About Guns” https://t.co/HI3C1Ufu3T
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) June 29, 2018
This is inaccurate & you wonder why people don’t trust the news media….. https://t.co/15k4NA26P0
— Shawn (@ShawnFinchum) June 29, 2018
If the shooter used buckshot or birdshot then there’s spread…but this backwards funnel thing is just funny and is the new fully semi-automatic. https://t.co/EWgLwNo2la
— Jacob Collins (@jacob_collins42) June 29, 2018
IF you use buck shot or bird shot, then it can spray. But is in no way comparable to a “backwards funnel” 🤦🏻♂️🙄 Is there even any evidence he used shot and not slugs?
— Ben Jammin 🇺🇸 (@xBenJamminx) June 29, 2018
OMG your that dumb huh…. I get that you don’t understand anything about guns, because you don’t like them. But – to me, if your going to be good at your job, and have to report on guns, why not learn something.
— MeanMachineRedNBlack (@cessna182r) June 29, 2018
So THAT’S my problem goose hunting.
Trying to aim.
— Karl Schmidt (@Karsmdt) June 29, 2018
You’d think after self-owning themselves SO HARD every time they try to talk about guns, the media would’ve come up with a style guide so they could at least get the most basic terms correct.
— Angus T. Kirk (@angusparvo) June 29, 2018
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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