Debunked "When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons" [Satire]

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This quote comes from a 2013 satirical article by by "Jimmy Olsentwins" in the satirical conservative web site "Palookaville Post" (currently offline):

https://web.archive.org/web/2013021...-down-their-weapons-during-statewide-manhunt/
[bunk]
Throughout the day, Senators Feinstein and Boxer made desperate pleas for their California constituents to turn in their guns and not confront the crazed gunman because this would be a perfect test of their anti-gun proposals.

“The Senators feel the best course of action is to remove all weapons from law enforcement and private citizens so no one else gets hurt,” said a Senate communications intern. “When the gunman realizes that nobody else is armed, he will lay down his weapons and turn himself in…. that’s just human nature.”
[/bunk]You would think that ridiculous nature of the article should tip people off that it's a joke, but even on the satire site people seemed to be taking it seriously, unless they are doubling down on the satire:
The Palookaville Post clearly stated on their (failed) fundraiser that they were a satirical site run by Bryan Deters
http://www.kicktraq.com/projects/1469638841/the-palookaville-post-to-launch-weekly-newscast/


https://www.kickstarter.com/project...le-post-to-launch-weekly-newscast/creator_bio
The longevity of this quote illustrates the problem with satire. It's amusing for people who get the joke, but for people who think this is actually how the world works, it serves only to reinforce their opinion. The fake quote cropped up again in a recent tweet about the Charlie Hebdo shootings, continuing to perpetuate the falsehood.

 
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