When New York Daily News journalist Gersh Kuntzman penned his recent article about the first time he fired an AR-15 — originally titled “What is like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, dangerous and very very loud” (“dangerous” has since been changed to “menacing”) — he clearly had not anticipated the shit-storm that would surely follow. To write an article so blatantly misleading about an assault rifle that hundreds of thousands of Americans can assemble and dissemble with their eyes closed, and at a time when the national debate over gun control is raging fiercer than ever, is incomprehensibly arrogant. It’s like dry humping a hornets nest and thinking you won’t get stung.
On June 14, New York Daily News published an article by journalist Gersh Kuntzman in which he describes his experience shooting an AR-15 at a gun range in Philadelphia with the goal of helping readers “better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons.” The article, titled “What is it like to fire an AR-15? It’s horrifying, dangerous and very very loud,” went viral, and not because it achieved its purpose, but because it utterly failed to do so.
In the wake of the June 12 massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando that killed 49 people and left dozens more wounded, New York Daily News, a newspaper that has historically taken a strong stance in favor of assault rifle bans, dispatched one of its journalists and an intern to a gun range in Philadelphia to “better understand the firepower of military-style assault weapons.”