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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.

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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.”

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