Fake News: Military NOT Drawing Up Plans For Nationwide Gun Confiscations

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  • by: Maarten Schenk

Did you hear about White House directives ordering up military plans for a massive roundup of privately-owned guns between November 7th and December 13th? And that it would be called "Operation PREAKNESS"? None of it is true.

The rumor started with a post on military satire website Duffel Blog from 2013 (archived here) which briefly went viral again on February 28th 2018. The article was titled "Military Drawing Up Plans For Nationwide Gun Confiscations" and opened:

WASHINGTON, DC - A senior U.S. general has confirmed that the military has secretly drawn up plans to round up large numbers of privately-owned firearms from American gun owners.

Gen. James M. Scott of the U.S. Air Force confirmed that the Pentagon received a series of formal directives from the White House between November 7 and December 13 to begin plans for a massive nationwide operation to confiscate guns using a series of federal databases compiled over the last few decades.

The article continuee by explaining the plans were drawn up in conjunction with the United Nations, Senator Dianne Feinstein, and several other liberal organizations such as the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, Greenpeace, the American Federation of Labor, and even the National Rifle Association(!).

It even pointed out that all of this was made possible by changes to the Posse Comitatus law that were tucked away on "page 2131 of the ObamaCare Act".

If all these clues didn't tip you off the story was satire perhaps the name of the author will: "G-Had" does sound a lot like "jihad"...

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The story went viral again after Duffel Blog reposted it on their Facebook page:

The website Duffelblog.com is a military-themed satire website which sports following legal disclaimer on its 'about' page:

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We are in no way, shape, or form, a real news outlet. Everything on this website is satirical and the content of this site is a parody of a news organization. No composition should be regarded as truthful, and no reference of an individual, company, or military unit seeks to inflict malice or emotional harm.

All characters, groups, and military units appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, or actual military units and companies is purely coincidental.

They are sometimes refered to as the military version of The Onion but that same 'about' page points out:

Duffel Blog is sometimes referred to as "The military version of The Onion," but this is a misnomer. The gaffe was cleared up in May 2012 when Duffel Blog staff successfully conducted an airborne assault on the offices of The Onion News Network so that others would know "The Onion was actually the civilian version of Duffel Blog."

So don't fall for any of their stories...

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  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder 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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