The debate over gun control revives after each mass shooting. The slayings in Las Vegas brought top National Rifle Association executive Chris Cox to Fox News Sunday.
The NRA had called on the government to immediately review whether bump stocks comply with federal law. Bump stocks are the devices that allow a semiautomatic weapon to closely mimic full automatic firing and were found on 12 of the shooter’s rifles.
News agencies reported that the Las Vegas shooter, Stephan Paddock, used a bump stock. Plus, there is evidence of a bipartisan support for additional regulations on them. A “bump stock” is a modification that someone can add to a semi-automatic long arm such as the AR-15 to allow it to operate as if it was a fully automatic weapon.
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Stories claiming that the Las Vegas shooter was linked to antifa, a loosely organized group of anti-fascist activists, are proliferating online. But his purported links to antifa are either false, fabricated or unsubstantiated.
Following deadly incidents, it’s not uncommon even for credible journalistic outlets to report developments that eventually turn out to be untrue or exaggerated. But the rise of social media as a vehicle for monetizing clicks from fake news has worsened this problem.
Q: Did comedian David Letterman respond to the mass shooting in Las Vegas by tweeting, “End white privilege today”?
A: No. A website that claims to be a safe haven from “fake news” posted that bogus information based on a tweet from a parody Twitter account.
Here’s a fact-checking roundup of some of the claims that caught our attention from ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel, Trevor Noah of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show, and James Corden of CBS’ The Late Late Show.