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Fact check: Image of Alec Baldwin wearing ‘Guns don’t kill people’ T-shirt is satire
The claim: An image shows Alec Baldwin wearing a T-shirt that says, ‘Guns don’t kill people’
In the wake of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins’ death on the set of the movie “Rust,” conservative politicians and pundits have used the accidental shooting to make political points about gun control and to mock actor Alec Baldwin.

Court records say Baldwin fired a prop gun after being told by assistant director Dave Halls that the gun was safe to use, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza. As investigators look into the specifics of the shooting, commentators on social media are shaming Baldwin, who has spoken out against the National Rifle Association.Guns Dont Kill People I Do 2021 T-Shirt

An Oct. 22 Facebook image that accumulated more than 160 reactions within less than a week purports to show Baldwin wearing a black T-shirt, that says, “Guns don’t kill people Alec Baldwin kills people.”

The same photo was shared by Twitter, Instagram and Facebook users, along with Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield, who told USA TODAY in a direct message that the image has been widely circulated “to call attention to the hypocrisy of a man” who criticized the NRA and gun owners.

Another Facebook user who shared the photo said the image was a meme and “satire only.” However, media literacy experts say memes can play a prominent role in spreading misinformation, and the user did not include any sort of disclaimer in their post.

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