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Please check your sources, quotes, etc.

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by The Heretic, Jun 2, 2016.

  1. The Heretic

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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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

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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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

    joken Corvallis Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Yea, check with Snopes:)
     
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  4. PaulB47

    PaulB47 Hillsboro Well-Known Member

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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

    308 ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ ΜOΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ Platinum Supporter Silver Supporter

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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

    Sgt Nambu Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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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

    Fordcragar Renton, Washington Active Member

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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

    Otter Oregon - mid Willamette Valley Active Member

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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

    Xaevian Thurston County, WA Member

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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

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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

    Joe13 NW of Vancouver Opinionated & Blunt Bronze Supporter 2015 Volunteer 2016 Volunteer

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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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    slimer13 Deer Park Well-Known Member

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    It's true

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  13. etrain16

    etrain16 Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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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

    The Heretic Oregon Well-Known Member

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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

    Stomper Oceania Rising White Is The New Brown Silver Supporter

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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

    eldbillbo clackamas New world samurai and a redneck none the less Bronze Supporter

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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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