That it shoots bullets meant to inflict maximum damage?
Or that it looks a lot like the military's M-16 rifle?
If you didn't know all these amazing factoids, then you're in luck, because CNN has a two-minute video filled with all this and more, including reporter Gary Tuchman shooting the AR-15 in the same way I imagine it would be fired by an underperforming second-grader.
It's important to point out that right behind Tuchman is retired Army Lt. Gen. Mark Hertling, who could have helped the reporter a little bit more by telling him to place the weapon in his shoulder, put his cheek on the buttstock, or at a minimum, aim down the goddamn sight.
But of course, that would reduce the hilarity of this clip, so never mind.
It turns out that Hertling can fire the weapon properly, but he makes some questionable statements, like being able to fire the AR-15 on "full semi-automatic" — which is not a thing — and that its bullets are designed to inflict maximum damage, as opposed to every other freaking weapon in the world.
The clip is, of course, all part of an ongoing debate over guns in America in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Fla.
While reasonable people may support proposals such as background checks for every gun purchase and perhaps, raising the age requirement for getting an AR-15 from 18 to 21, a CNN report like this seems to only illustrate the news organization is a clown show when it comes to reporting on guns.
CNN isn't alone here. Back in 2016, New York Daily News reporter Gersh Kuntzman was widely mocked for his first-hand report on what it was like firing an AR-15, which he said felt "like a bazooka, and sounded like a cannon."
You can watch the full CNN clip below, although I recommend putting on the Benny Hill theme music before pressing play.
Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.
A soldier plugs his ears during a live fire mission at Yakima Training Center. Photo: Capt. Leslie Reed/U.S. Army
A Texas veteran is suing the company he says knowingly produced and sold defective earplugs which were issued to the U.S. military, leading him and many others to develop hearing problems, including tinnitus.
NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO — A Navy SEAL officer accused of failing to properly report alleged war crimes carried out by one of his men was arraigned on Tuesday in San Diego.
After being informed of his rights, Lt. Jacob Portier did not enter a plea or choose whether he'd ask for a jury or bench trial, since his civilian attorney has raised questions over a protective order in the case.
An AH-64D Longbow Apache helicopter lands during a combined arms demonstration as part of South Carolina National Guard Air & Ground Expo 2009 at McEntire Joint National Guard Base, S.C., Oct. 10, 2009. (U.S. Army/Sgt. Roberto Di Giovine)
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"Nothing is more powerful than a young boy's wish. Except an Apache helicopter. An Apache helicopter has machine guns and missiles. It is an unbelievably impressive complement of weaponry, an absolute death machine."
The Pentagon has identified a Green Beret who was killed on Tuesday by enemy small arms fire in southern Afghanistan as Staff Sgt. Joshua Z. Beale.
Beale was assigned to 1st Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, according to U.S. Army Special Operations Command. He was killed during combat operations in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan.