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Possible Modifications is a photoshop meme mocking an animated video by USA Today featuring attachments that could potentially be added to an AR-15 style rifle in the wake of the 2017 Sutherland Springs church shooting.
On November 8th, 2017, the @USAToday Twitter feed posted a video titled "A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting," which contained an animated sequence on "Possible modifications" showing a chainsaw bayonet (shown below). Within 24 hours, the tweet gained over 2,800 replies, 1,800 likes and 1,100 retweets.
A look at the gun used in the Texas church shooting. https://t.co/xdxIf5fR77 pic.twitter.com/sUY1mCCLZC— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) November 8, 2017
Immediately after the tweet was posted, many mocked the animation for showing a chainsaw bayonet attachment, leading the @USAToday Twitter to post a follow-up tweet noting "The shooter did not use a chainsaw bayonet" (shown below).
That day, a Twitter Moments page was created featuring various joke tweets about the USA Today video.
That evening, an anonymous 4chan user submitted the tweet to /pol/ in a post titled "Where can I buy a Chainsaw Bayonet?", leading viewers to submit other "Possible Modifications" photoshops (shown below). Shortly after, Redditor Strangled_Hooker submitted a collection of parodies collected from the /pol/ thread to /r/4chan, where it gathered upwards of 9,600 points (92% upvoted) and 270 comments within 24 hours.
In the coming days, many news sites published articles about the photoshop meme, including Business Insider, Townhall, The Washington Times, RT, The Washington Examiner and Breitbart.
 Twitter – USA Todays take on the chainsaw bayonet inspired memes
 Reddit – /pol/ on chainsaw bayonets
 Business Insider – USA Today issues a clarification after depicting a rifle with a chainsaw bayonet
 TownHall – Twitter Came Up With Some Other Possible Modifications For An AR-15
 Breitbart – AR-15s Can Be Modified with Chainsaw Bayonet
 The Washington Times – USA Today’s ‘chainsaw bayonet’ rifle warning mocked on Twitter
 RT US News – USA Today gets trolled over ‘chainsaw bayonet’ assault rifle video
 The Washington Examiner – Chainsaw bayonets are real, guys
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