signs of a failing politician: 1 getting blasted by your own party…
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) highly exaggerated the rate of “gun violence.” The claims were so weak, even left-wing PolitiFact nailed the freshman congresswoman.
“Supporting my colleagues’ call on Senate Majority Leader to vote on H.R. 8, 1112 & 1158,” Omar pushed. “Every day on average 500 people die from gun violence. How many more lives will we let gun violence claim?”
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
Omar’s claim that 500 people are killed in the United States every day due to “gun violence,” PolitiFact admitted: “The actual figure is nowhere near that high.”
“Based on the latest federal figures, for 2017, the average per day was 109 — that’s counting deaths resulting from suicides, homicides, unintentional and undetermined deaths as well as those from law enforcement,” the partisan fact-checker said. “And it’s 100 if you use a five-year average for 2013 to 2017.”
“We rate Omar’s statement False.”
According to Politifact’s Tom Kertscher, a representative from Omar’s office claimed the Democrat was referencing gun deaths worldwide.
The gun control measure Omar was backing, H.R. 8, “establishes new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties (i.e., unlicensed individuals),” according to congress.gov. “Specifically, it prohibits a firearm transfer between private parties unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. The prohibition does not apply to certain firearm transfers, such as a gift between spouses in good faith.”