Washington Post editor flamed for claiming the AR-15 rifle was ‘invented for’ the Nazis

It seemed his point was to attach even more menace to the weapon liberals fear and want regulated. However, Twitter users were not buying Fisher’s post.

Fisher tweeted an article he wrote in 2018 about the AR-15 rifle while saying, “Invented for Nazi infantrymen, further developed by the US military, the AR-15 was the Texas school shooter’s weapon of choice….”

Quite a few prominent Twitter users called Fisher out for the fake news. 

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Commentary Magazine editor Noah Rothman swiftly criticized Fisher’s tweet, going after the central claim that the AR-15 is a spiritual successor to Nazi guns. 

Rothman provided a screenshot of a quote from Fisher’s article that said, “The AR-15… is a descendant of the machine guns Nazi infantrymen used against Soviet forces in World War II” and wrote, “[citation need]”, accusing the piece of being insufficiently sourced.

Rothman then added to his thread, asking, “Are we saying the Nazis invented the machine gun?”

Former NRA spokesperson and current conservative radio host Dana Loesch tweeted, “When you’re a senior editor and you can’t even do the most basic research on your topic this is the idiotic dribble you publish. This is an embarrassment of pretend journalism.”

“WTF is this?” tweeted The Glenn Beck Program writer Jason Buttrill. He then corrected Fisher, writing, “ArmaLite didn’t come around until the mid 1950’s. ‘Invented for Nazi infantrymen’… Bwahahahaha.”

Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher tweeted misinformation about link between Nazis and the AR-15.

Washington Post senior editor Marc Fisher tweeted misinformation about link between Nazis and the AR-15.

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