Please check your sources, quotes, etc.

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  1. The Heretic

    The Heretic
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    It seems that several times a week I see some pro-gun quote posted on social media that is incorrectly attributed to an anti-gun activist/politician/et. al.

    I also see quotes from founding fathers and other respected figure supporting gun rights - often incorrectly.

    Do your homework. Don't blindly paste some quote/meme/etc. - check it out, google it, check snopes, etc.

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    When you post some fake quote, an urban myth, etc., you hurt your credibility and it reflects on our cause. I hate having to correct people publicly, but it is necessary.

    Some say "well, he would have said it" or "it makes the point whether it is true or not". No - no it doesn't. We need to fight lies with the truth, not more lies.
     
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  2. etrain16

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    Agreed. I've held back posting some great stuff, only to find out before I posted it, that the quote was either misattributed or were just never said at all. And yes, that is frustrating because any potential for a positive message for gun owners ends up being lost when someone finds out that what they think was said, never was said.
     
  3. joken

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    Yea, check with Snopes:)
     
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  4. PaulB47

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    ...keeping in mind Snopes ain't exactly unbiased... o_O

    But yeah. The easy thing to do is just to drop the quote (or at least a fraction of it) into google or some other search engine. It will become plain soon enough whether it is legitimate or not.
     
  5. 308

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    I've always liked that Abe Lincoln quote above. Who would have guessed he knew about the innernets :)
     
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  6. Sgt Nambu

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    Yeah, learn to spel tu!
    Looks like a bunch of hillbillies. Just like the antis think we are!
    I spell like a 'tarded monkey, but I check it:(
     
  7. Fordcragar

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    Great message. There is nothing more annoying than reading something and then find out it really isn't true. I've been caught a few times passing out information and when I actually checked it out, find out it was bogus.
     
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  8. Otter

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    Too late. I don't trust anything I read on the Internet any more and gun websites are some of the worst. Too many self-appointed experts that shoot one hole groups all day long.
     
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  9. Xaevian

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    One-hole groups, one whole group, or groups-of-one holes? Never can tell sometimes with the spelling (on some of those OTHER sites). :s0114: I think you quoted Abraham Drinkin'!

    -edited to add emphasis that I'm not accusing anyone here of poor spelling or being a grammar-nazi.
     
  10. The Heretic

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    I was thinking more about political posts than gun facts - but whatever.
     
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  11. Joe13

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    You know my buddy said that he heard from his sisters boyfriends cousin's grandad that revolvers can take Glock mags with an adapter.
     
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    It's true

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    Hey! You didn't mention that the magazines go in backwards too!!
     
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  14. Stomper

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    John Wayne said this once...

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    or was it Chuck Schumer?


    :D
     
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  15. The Heretic

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    This is an example - a buddy of mine posted this to FB recently:

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    Only, she never said this.

    Not only do I wish people wouldn't spread these false quotes around, it would be even better if people didn't make them up to start with.

    I have to wonder about the people who make them up (or otherwise misattribute or misquote) - are they trying to make use look stupid and like liars? Because they are succeeding.
     
  16. Stomper

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    Wellllll........ I read that one as sarcasm, actually. o_O


    Don't make me nuke the place....

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  17. eldbillbo

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    Now a days with internet any one can call them selves a reporter and people will submit to what ever news that they like to hear weather its wrong or right.

    And you can quote me as saying that and because I said it on the internet it must be true.
     
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