Hillary Clinton: ‘It’s the Guns’ Causing Crimes
Twice-failed presidential candidate tweets deceptive chart
Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton tweeted a misleading gun violence chart, arguing that “It’s the Guns” causing crimes.
In her tweet, Hillary stated:
“It’s the Guns.”
It's the guns. pic.twitter.com/AzTZEe88TB— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) May 26, 2022
The chart was published by the far-left outlet, VOX.
The chart shows the U.S. vs. its “peers,” a category that appears to consist of “high-income” countries.
The chart limits the comparison of the U.S. and other countries on the basis of this one category allowing gun control proponents to bypass the opportunity to contrast the U.S. and its next-door neighbor, Mexico.
As Brietbart noted, although Mexico had “restrictive” gun control, it still had a homicide rate over five times higher than the rate in the U.S.)
Of course, there is no mention of this in the chart.
Also, if you ignore the limited comparison of “high income” countries and simply look at gun violence around the world on a per-capita basis, it is obvious that the U.S. record is not as dismal as those calling for gun control would have you believe.
Not surprisingly, left-wing "fact-checker" PolitiFact shifted the argument to a per-capita one after Beto O’Rourke claimed “no other country comes even close to” the U.S. regarding gun violence deaths.
The outlet reported:
O’Rourke’s spokesman Chris Evans pointed to two studies of gun-related deaths around the world and a handful of media articles discussing the findings to support the Democrat’s claim.
“As we’ve visited communities across the country, we have consistently heard about the fact that gun violence is a major concern in the U.S. as no other developed country comes close to the number of gun deaths,” Evans said.
In 2017, there were 39,773 firearm injury deaths in the United States (12.2 firearm deaths per 100,000 total population), according to information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cited by Evans.
Of those deaths, 60% were recorded as suicides and 36.6% were homicides, according to the CDC.
The other 3.4% were marked as unintentional, undetermined or the result of “legal intervention/war.”
The outlet highlighted a study looking at gun violence deaths on a per-capita basis and that study found the U.S. ranked 20th on a list of firearm deaths in countries and territories.
In other words, 19 other countries/territories ranked higher than the U.S.