Did Nancy Pelosi Say the ‘Plastic Straw Ban Is Important for Gun Control?’

The House Minority Leader did not argue that the plastic straw ban would prevent "gateway guns" such as pea shooters and spitballers.

  • Published 6 August 2018

Claim

Nancy Pelosi said "the plastic straw ban is important for gun control. It stops pea shooting and spitballing which are gateway guns."

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Origin

In early August 2018 social media users began sharing a quote ostensibly uttered by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi concerning a nonsensical connection between a national push to ban single-use plastic straws for environmental reasons, and gun control: “The plastic straw ban is important for gun control. It stops pea shooting and spitballing which are gateway guns.”

Although this statement was featured in a number of memes and Facebook posts, it was never accompanied by any information about where and when Pelosi supposedly made this pronouncement. The reason for this lack of evidence, of course, is that Pelosi never actually said any such thing.

This quote did not originate with reporting by a credible news organization or a transcript of an interview, speech, or press conference. Rather, it was manufactured in an attempt to paint Pelosi as an foolish, crazy, or just plain out-of-touch politician.

We’ve encountered a number of fake quotes that were shared with similar intentions. These quotes rarely reflect politicians’ actual words or beliefs; instead, they’re intended to reinforce existing negative perceptions of those figures. These fabrications are often shared with clarifying statements opining that although the offered quote may be a fake, it “might as well be real” because it “sounds like something [that person] would say”: