Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has emerged as a prominent Democrat, has been caught red handed in a lie about gun statistics.
In an effort to push her anti-gun agenda the representative issued a tweet in which she claimed 500 Americans die daily from guns.
“Supporting my colleagues’ call on Senate Majority Leader to vote on H.R. 8, 1112 & 1158. Gun violence is an epidemic.
“Every day on average 500 people die from gun violence. How many more lives will we let gun violence claim?” she said.
Supporting my colleagues’ call on Senate Majority Leader to vote on H.R. 8, 1112 & 1158.
Gun violence is an epidemic.
Every day on average 500 people die from gun violence. How many more lives will we let gun violence claim?
— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) June 5, 2019
But her claims is so far from reality that it would need to take a train and an airplane to find its way back to some semblance of fact, PolitiFact reported.
When we last examined the numbers, earlier this year, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported there had been 39,773 deaths related to firearms in 2017. 2017 is still the most recent year for which annual statistics from the CDC are available.
The figure counts deaths resulting from suicides (60 percent of the total), homicides, unintentional and undetermined deaths, as well as those from law enforcement. And it was the highest tally in at least 40 years.
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Meanwhile, the average over five years — 2013 through 2017 — is slightly lower, according to Brady, the nonprofit formerly known as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
Either way, the total gun deaths per day is far fewer than the 500 Omar claims: Total gun-related deaths, 2017: 39,773. Average per day: 109. Average annual gun-related deaths, 2013-2017: 36,383. Average per day: 100.
Two other anti-gun violence groups — Everytown for Gun Safety, which McBath became a spokeswoman for after her son’s death; and Giffords, which is named for former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords of Arizona — also use figures of 100 deaths per day or fewer.
Impeach Ilhan Omar https://t.co/gWukGgByUQ
— BobAnderson (@BobAnde81469135) June 6, 2019
Gun violence in somalia ??
— Adi आदि (@AdityaSatsangi) June 6, 2019
Source for 500 deaths a day?
— Tapper (@19th17th) June 6, 2019
i have three guns in my home, and they’ve never been violent. in fact, i can leave my 15yo at home alone with them without fear.
fact: it’s not the gun that’s the problem, it’s the person pulling the trigger.
— mama mets fan (@mamametsfan) June 7, 2019
500 people. Love your facts
— Chad Breiner (@cbreiner24) June 7, 2019
Did you just pull that stat out of then air?
— Theodore S Roosevelt (@TSRooseveltRE) June 6, 2019
I know gun violence is a major problem in the U.S., but 500 people per day X 365 = 182,500 people per year. Are you sure about that number?
— Mike Svasta (@MikeSvasta) June 5, 2019
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