Michele Bachmann Saying Martin Luther King Jr. Would Be Alive If Black People Owned Guns In 1960s Is False

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Michele Bachmann saying Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would still be alive today if African-Americans were allowed to own guns in the 1960s is a fake quote. There is no truth to a meme being shared on social media that the former member of the U.S. House of Representatives stated that MLK would not have been assassinated and would still be alive if African-Americans were permitted to own guns during the 1960s.

Bachmann was a candidate for the Republican nomination in the 2012 U.S. presidential election, winning the Ames Straw Poll in August 2011 but dropping out in January 2012 after finishing in sixth place in the Iowa caucuses. She previously served in the Minnesota Senate and is the first Republican woman to represent the state in Congress. She is also a supporter of the Tea Party movement.

Where did the meme with the fake quote originate? An image of Bachmann along with a quote allegedly made by her about gun rights and the assassination of MLK began circulating online on 19 Jan. 19, 2015:

However, there is no truth to the above quote, according to Snopes. Their research found that the image received a viral push on social media when it was posted to Reddit’s “Forwards from Grandma” subreddit. The text from the image was also posted to the Orange County community politics section on Craigslist:

“Today we remember the life of the famous black doctor Martin Luther King. We must use this, the anniversay of his tragic assassination to reflect and cherish our gun rights. If blacks had been allowed to own guns in 1960’s, Dr. King might well be alive today.”Can you say MORON??

Both of these instances claim Bachmann said this during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Festival in St. Paul, Minn., on Jan. 19, 2015. Here is an example of someone sharing the fake quote on social media.

There is some truth in that Minnesota politicians, including Gov. Mark Dayton, St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman, and U.S. senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken joined citizens in the Twin Cities to honor Martin Luther King. However, Snopes found no evidence showing Bachmann was present at that event. Furthermore, Snopes explained that Bachmann was not mentioned by any local newspapers.

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There was an issue with the photo used in the meme. Snopes noted that the Bachmann meme has nothing to do with Fox News as the photo was taken by Reuters photographer Jeff Haynes at a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa, on Dec. 9, 2011. The Fox News logo was later digitally superimposed over the image.

Bachmann recently announced on a televangelist’s show that she is mulling a run for Al Franken’s U.S. Senate seat. Franken officially resigned over allegations of sexual misconduct that emerged in late 2017.

What did you think of the fake quote attributed to Bachmann about MLK? Did you believe the fake quote or see people sharing it falsely on social media? Let us know in the comments section.

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