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Satire Alert: Texas Prison Will NOT Allow Inmates To Carry Guns To Honor Second Amendment

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Fri, 13 Nov 2015 13:07:43 Z)

The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation seems to be reporting that Texas prison Labute Penitentiary is so serious about the second amendment rights of the inmates that it will allow them to keep guns. Of course there are some security implications. The story quotes "Lyle Wyatt", the warden:

If everybody has a gun, then everybody is safe ... besides the inmates are only allowed to have their guns in their cells.

The story appears to be reported by CBC so many people initally believed it was true:

Honouring 2nd amendment rights, Texas prison allow inmates to carry guns

This week Labute Penitentiary, a medium security prison in Deacon County Texas, announced it will be recognizing the second amendment right of all its prisoners. "The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed just because an individual is in jail!"

The news quickly went viral according to Lead Stories' Trendolizer:

But on closer inspection the news appears to be just a satirical story from the radio show 'This is That' aired by CBC which has its website hosted under the main cbc.ca domain. The domain name confusion has helped previous satirical articles from the show go viral, for example this one about a complete 47-car train that went missing somewhere in Canada.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer™ constantly scours social networks worldwide for satirical news going viral. Scroll down to see the latest.

About the author:

Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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