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Says that Dianne Feinstein said, "When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons and turn himself in…. that’s just human nature."

Bloggers on Monday, September 24th, 2018 in an image on Facebook

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False Dianne Feinstein quote about gunman comes back again

A quote allegedly from Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., saying gunmen will lay down their weapons when they see their victims are unarmed is fabricated.

The page Principle News shared the quote in a post on Sept. 17.

It quotes Feinstein as saying, "When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons and turn himself in. That's human nature."

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The statement on the meme about gunman is a fabricated quote that first appeared February 2013 on the website Palookaville Post. The story appeared after Feinstein proposed a bill that would "ban the sale, transfer, manufacturing or importation of 150 specific firearms." The material from the Palookaville Post article was quoted on several websites.  

The original website doesn’t operate now, but the full article can be found in the archive of the WayBack Machine.  It is bylined by a fake author "Jimmy Olsentwins." The website itself was satirical and mostly active in 2013.

For the next five years the false post bounced around the internet (especially in memes) to criticize Feinstein.

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