FACT CHECK: DID GEORGE WASHINGTON SAY, ‘WHEN ANY NATION MISTRUSTS ITS CITIZENS WITH GUNS, IT’S SENDING A CLEAR MESSAGE’?

checkyourfact.com | 10/14/2019 | Staff
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An image shared on Facebook claims that former President George Washington once said, “When a nation mistrusts its citizens with guns, it’s sending a clear message… It no longer trusts its citizens because such a government has evil plans.”

Verdict: False.

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It appears nowhere in Washington’s written works or recorded speeches. His estate at Mount Vernon includes the expression on its list of “spurious quotations.”

Fact Check:

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There’s no evidence, however, that this particular quote about firearms originated with Washington. The Daily Caller searched his writings and recorded speeches, but neither collection yielded any similar or matching phrases.

Washington’s estate at Mount Vernon also includes the expression on its list of “spurious quotations.”

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