‘AR-15 shotgun’: Did CNN let noted gun expert Piers Morgan write its chyron text?

True story!


This is CNN.


Ah, real journalism.  Why not just make the chyron text “Musket Morgan wuz here“?



Slight problem with the “news” that the suspected Navy Yard shooter carried a “legally purchased AR-15 shotgun”:


Good thing your gun-grabbing betters really know their stuff.

Radio host Dana Loesch mocked CNN’s snafu on her blog last night:


The network must have binders full of fact-checkers. Thanks, low-info journalists!



You’re not alone.


Luckily for CNN, the science is settled:




Some people mentioned that while the gunman wasn’t using the “AR-15 shotgun” of myth and legend, it’s possible CNN meant “AR-style shotgun.”







It’s unlikely that’s what CNN meant. The “AR-15 shotgun” language made it into the CNN report available on many news websites.



But CNN’s live-blog currently uses this text instead: “Alexis used a legally purchased AR-15 gun.”

There’s an awesome opportunity here for an enterprising gun manufacturer.






And the latest on the “AR-15 shotgun”: CNN’s Pamela Brown says the suspected shooter didn’t use an AR-15 anything.

  • CombatDiver

    CNN is filled with morons to say the least and as far as I know there is no such thing as an AR15 Shotgun….. That being said, the Saiga-12 is a semi auto shot gun that to the uneducated could look similar to an AR…. I had one, pretty nice firearm that is fun to shoot and relatively cheap to own and operate.

    • jumper297

      It does look similar if you’re legally blind and retarded.

      • WhoMeToo

        …. and a leftofascist democrat.

      • Orwellian_Dilemma

        “AR-15” is Latin for “black and scary-looking.”

        For example, “My wife wanted me to come and kill the AR-15 spider that was crawling up the wall.”

        • Slugglife

          Haha. Good one. I changed the meaning for a few words myself. Gay now means good dancer. Jihad means cupcake eating contest and Piers means meat sword swallower.

          “Piers was really gay at the jihad.”

          • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

            Well done!

        • VerminMcCann

          Well, if it had eight or more legs and a bayonet stud, it was an assault spider.

    • therantinggeek


    • WhoMeToo

      Oooohhhh Shiny! O.O


      Oh and don’t forget the AA12 and the SPAS 15 or the Daewoo USAS 12.
      The AR stands for ArmaLite. They’re a bunch of ignorant bastard gun grabbers.
      When are they going to get it through their thick skulls?

  • JeffWRidge

    It would make a nice companion piece to my AK47 elephant gun.

  • Corey Hall
  • Michael Curley

    Not only that all morning they where showing pictures of the weapons used and they showed the AR-15 the Glock and then they kept saying rifle and showing another AR-15 . Not to mention theat NBC is saying the AR-15 was taken from a dead security guard along with the handgun meaning the only weapon he walked into the rampage with was the Shotgun. I think we could argue Biden is partly to blame!

  • http://yourdaddy.net/ NotaLemming

    This was such a long time ago….. and at this point….. what difference does it make.

  • Grant Mackay

    I’ll just leave this here for all of you amateur gun experts http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2009/01/26/at-14-the-410-ar-15-shotgun/

  • The Jackal

    What the hell is an AR-15 shotgun?

  • TocksNedlog

    All the news that’s fit to mangle

  • VerminMcCann

    It makes perfect sense as long as you remember that progressives don’t recognize that words have objective meanings–they’re just mantras to be intoned to produce the desired effect. That’s why they started reflexively adding “neo” to conservative. They usually aren’t describing someone who is actually a neoconservative; they just think adding “neo” makes the label scarier. Likewise, they don’t necessarily think there is such thing as an AR15 shotgun. They just think “AR15” can be used to modify any gun related term to make it scarier.

  • John L. Krueger

    The MKA-1919 semi-automatic shotgun looks allot like an AR15 “style” rifle, Yet I don’t even think CNN knows it exists.

  • radicallyalyssa

    OH MY GOD HAHAHHAHHAA. This was actually hilaaaarious.

  • JoeMyGodNYC

    THIS is what’s important about yesterday’s tragedy? Good grief.

    • NRPax

      Out of the multiple discussions about this tragedy on Twitchy, this is the one you are obsessing over? Good grief.

    • VerminMcCann

      In what way is your comment on the topic more valid than the topic itself?

    • VerminMcCann

      Oh, and in what way does this thread implicate Obama? I’m still waiting for an answer to that one.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      There was NO tragedy yesterday. There was however, a massacre in a “secured” government building, with hundreds of ARMED law enforcement officers within several blocks and yet they couldn’t stop ONE killer who was intent upon killing people.

      Other than prayer, how do YOU propose that we stop evil from being inflicted upon an unarmed crowd of people?

    • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

      Yes, because it points out the thundering ignorance of those who would proclaim themselves experts on a topic about which they know little. In other circumstances such ignorance would be simply laughable, but here the thunderingly ignorant are in a position to advance social policy adversely affecting a huge majority of Americans and damage Constitutional integrity.

    • Republicanvet

      CNN thinks so.

  • Right Wired

    If libs think a peice of bread chewed into the shape of a gun is ‘scary’ and merits expulsion of a student, imagine what they think of this.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Don’t make light of that situation. It was a Pop-Tart, not bread!

      • arttie

        From another thread, Joan Walsh would rather not be called a pop tart but changing a “t” to and “f” may be correct.

  • MrApple

    There are AR15 style shotguns but they are rare and generally impractical and only hold around a third of the ammo that an AR actually holds. I highly doubt that the Washington shooter would use one IF he actually brought an AR15 to commit his crime yesterday.
    The picture below is of an AR15 style shotgun but this one only has a 5 round magazine. A 10 round magazine for this shotgun is about the same size as a 30 round magazine for an AR.

  • CthulhuArisen

    Why would this surprise anyone? These are the same kinds of people who invented an entirely new class of firearms that didn’t exist, they called them ‘Assault Weapons’.

  • Jill

    Now CNN has been forced to report that the much maligned AR-15 was not used. One wonders how many valium Morgan will have to ingest to mitigate his depression and ease his disappointment.

    • johncunningham

      Piers is more likely to be ingesting large sausages in preparation for his new career as meat sword swallower. or he can focus on his hobby of Obama felching.

  • Marvin Nelson

    There actually is an under-attachment available for the AR-15, but it costs about $2000-rather expensive for a pump-action shotgun!

  • Magnifico

    This has gone too far! Do you really need an AR-15 shotgun to go hunting??!!

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    They probably thought it was something like this:


    • CatHerder

      Hard to believe there’s so little recoil.

  • http://www.black-and-right.com/ IceColdTroll

    Aha, here it is!


  • Scott

    This is how it’s done TEXAS STYLE folks!! An absolute ZOMBIE KILLER ASSAULT SHOTGUN!!

    • MarcusFenix

      Kind of looks like Vera, after a fashion!

  • Slugglife

    Yeah, Dick, needs more propaganda for his hearing. If “dick” can only get the whole US to be a gun free zone, we would all be safer.

  • al hunt

    AR-15 assault mop!

  • BigTim Mullins

    BWAHAHA….they really are ignorant lib-tards.

  • AlmostaCowboy

    Oh no he di-int.

  • BigTim Mullins

    Alright…everyone STOP! You’re killing me. LOL It is NOT an “AR-15 shotgun”! It is either a shotgun OR an AR-15. The fact that this shotgun is styled “like” an AR-15 does not make it an “AR-15 Shotgun”. It’s still a shotgun. Specifically, an MKA1919 12 Gauge. Know your guns people….if you’re gonna own one!

    Nevertheless, CNN and their Chyron operators are really ignorant. In fact, I worked for NBC and ABC affiliates and there are plenty of people in the control room and production that should have caught that. Stupid CNN Lib-Tards…

  • Screaming Eagle

    What a bunch of morons. You can almost hear the reasoning. “He used a shotgun. It must have been an AR15 shotgun then.”

  • gtwreck

    I heard the FBI is now reporting there was no AR-15 Rifle, shotgun, handgun or otherwise but hey let us not get in the way of a meme supporting item.

  • Tre

    Not only that! A friend of my uncle’s, cousin’s, aunt’s, father knows someone who knows someone who knows Mr. Morgan! They said he also reports he was armed with a .375 Super Duper Magnum, Semi-Fully Automatic, Double-Single Action, Automatic Revolver!

  • Sophie Ro

    Gun Control By The Numbers~> http://tinyurl.com/bz9yu5h

  • [email protected]

    The A-R 15 Shotgun uses a .410 shell. It is a very real gun!!!

  • GlarryB

    CNN and all the other leftest news outlets never, EVER let facts interfere with a good story line or one that would further their agenda. Besides, they HAD to get “AR15” in there someplace to demonize guns.

  • Axelgreaser

    CNN SHOULD HANG ITS HEAD! And change its letterhead: ‘Crap News Network.’ And then send Tears Morgan packing. OMG, this man doesn’t know what an 8 year old girl knows about guns and his marginalized network, a roost for a gallery of unwatchable, politicized, boring, Obama a$$ kissing anchors which for some reason let the one most fascinating of the bunch run off to al Jazeera (which I wouldn’t watch with transplanted eyes), the smoldering racist, provocateur for the left and Media Matter’s ‘news repeater’ Soledad O’Brien who apparently despises America as much as the Rodeo Clown she cheerleads and distorts for. CNN should throw the fool Morgan into an old patched up cast off inner tube, perhaps a veteran of the Cuba to Florida crossing and let the simp paddle back to Liverpool with a ‘rifle.’

    It’s amazing Morgan didn’t identify the weapon as a sling shot.

  • MNWoman


    “AR-15 shotgun”? Really? There should never be *any* discussion of “gun control” with people who have ZERO knowledge of the subject matter.

    Remember this gem from Rep. Diana Degette:


    And who could forget the recently coined “assault magazines”


  • Kevin Lawton


  • Chris Labrador

    Man, the recoil on an AR-15 Shotgun must be unbelievable… take your arm right out of the socket!

  • Mark Reha

    Well the good part is that the VP is always telling us to “go buy a shotgun” so it’s all good, right???