The mainstream media have been caught in the act of spreading fake news about the weapon used to wound Republicans at the Congressional baseball game. Media outlets are inaccurately reporting that the firearm used was an “assault rifle.”
According to ABC News, “Sources told ABC News that the primary weapon used in the shooting was an SKS 7.62 assault-style rifle.”
The Chicago Tribune also reported that, “In Belleville, Hodgkinson had purchased at least three guns…Among those three guns was an SKS assault rifle, the source said.”
But in actual fact, the SKS is not an assault rifle at all, but rather a semi-automatic rifle. While at first glance this could be a harmless mistake, the potential danger of publicly available “assault rifles” have been used as a justification by gun control activists to outlaw firearms. Could it be that this false reporting is yet another attempt to build a narrative to support the elimination of gun rights in the U.S?
The Daily Caller reports:
According to an official US Army handbook, assault rifles are defined as “short, compact, selective-fire weapons that fire a cartridge intermediate in power between submachinegun and rifle cartridges.”
Additionally, “Assault rifles have mild recoil characteristics and, because of this, are capable of delivering effective full-automatic fire at ranges up to 300 meters.”
An assault rifle is capable of firing in fully-automatic mode or burst, which is a rapid succession of a few rounds.
The SKS is a semi-automatic rifle; it is not capable of burst firing or fully-automatic mode. That means the gun can only fire one round per trigger pull as opposed to firing continuously when the trigger is held down.