Rep. Ilhan Omar constantly seems to be lying to the public. At the rate she does it, it almost seems intentional.
When she is not deceiving the public then she is making ridiculous statements about 9/11 or Jewish people. This time she made the outrageous claim that 500 people a day are killed by gun deaths. And surprisingly it was the left-leaning Politifact that corrected her.
“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?”
“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.
To get near the figure that Omar used, you have to count nonfatal injuries as well as deaths.
For 2017, the daily average comes to 475 cases of gun-related deaths and injuries, based on CDC figures.
But the CDC itself says its injury estimate is “unstable because of small sample size.” And an analysis by The Trace and FiveThirtyEight indicates the CDC could be overcounting the number of firearm injuries.
Finally, Amnesty International states that every day more than 500 people die from gun violence — around the world. That’s the figure Omar’s office cited to back up her statement, and it arguably is low.
A study published in 2018 in the Journal of the American Medical Association said there are about 250,000 gun deaths worldwide per year. That would amount to 685 per day.
But Omar’s claim was clearly made in the context of legislation that would affect gun transactions only in the United States.”
So not only is she wrong when it comes to her daily figure, she is also wrong if you try to say that she meant worldwide as well.
She should just stop talking about things she knows nothing about. She is worse than a broken clock.