Fact Check: Photo Of Alec Baldwin Wearing A 'Guns Don't Kill People' T-Shirt Is NOT Real -- It Has Been Altered

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  • by: Kaiyah Clarke
Fact Check: Photo Of Alec Baldwin Wearing A 'Guns Don't Kill People' T-Shirt Is NOT Real -- It Has Been Altered Fact Check: Photo Of Alec Baldwin Wearing A 'Guns Don't Kill People' T-Shirt Is NOT Real -- It Has Been Altered Altered Photo

Is a photo of actor Alec Baldwin wearing a T-shirt that reads, "Guns Don't Kill People Alec Baldwin Kills People," real? No, that's not true: This photo has been digitally altered. The text on the T-shirt was taken from the merchandise website of Donald Trump Jr. and pasted onto a 2013 tabloid photo of Baldwin wearing a plain black T-shirt.

The claim appeared in an Instagram post (archived here) published on October 25, 2021. It featured an image of Alec Baldwin wearing a black T-shirt with white text that reads, "GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE ALEC BALDWIN KILLS PEOPLE." The caption attached to the post opened:

Nothing left to say but he should have taken an @nra gun safety course! #alecbaldwin#safetyfirst

This is what the Instagram post looked like on October 26, 2021:

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Baldwin fired a prop gun during rehearsal on the set of the Western film "Rust," killing cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was killed and wounding director Joel Souza.

A Yandex reverse image search reveals the origin of the photo in which Baldwin is shown wearing a plain black T-shirt in an August 27, 2013, Hollywood Gossip publication.

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A TinEye reverse image search reveals that the altered photo of Baldwin wearing the copy-and-paste text on the T-shirt seen in the post is from an article published by The Independent, a European newspaper. The article reports that Donald Trump Jr. has begun selling T-shirts online mocking Alec Baldwin and the set shooting as of October 22, 2021. Other publications carried similar stories.

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Lead Stories has debunked other claims stemming from the shooting involving Baldwin. Earlier articles can be found here.

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  Kaiyah Clarke

Kaiyah Clarke is a fact-checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Florida A&M University with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and is currently pursuing an M.S. in Journalism. When she is not fact-checking or researching counter-narratives in society, she is often found reading a book on the New York Times Bestseller List.

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