Even the Associated Press caught her in these lies. She claimed that over the past month, since the Democratic debate in Las Vegas October 13th, that over 3,000 people had been killed by guns, and that of those 3,000, 200 were children. She also claimed that there was a mass shooting in Iowa where three people were murdered. In truth, four people had been shot, and only one died.
To people like Hillary Clinton, facts don’t matter. What matters is shocking the base with propaganda to the point that she’s propelled into the White House.
THE FACTS: The claim appears to be unsupported on all counts.
The Gun Violence Archive has recorded 11,485 gun deaths in the U.S. so far this year, an average of just under 1,000 per month, making Clinton’s figure appear to be highly exaggerated. The archive had more detailed data for children and teenagers, showing 70 from those age groups killed by firearms since the Democratic candidates debated Oct. 13 – not 200 as she claimed.
Asked to explain the discrepancy, Clinton’s campaign pointed to 2013 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 2010 figures from the Children’s Defense Fund. But that’s not the time period she said she was talking about.
The only mass shooting recently in Des Moines was Nov. 8, when four people were shot at a night club. One was killed, not three.
It’s nice that the AP called her out on her statements. If you read the rest of their article, you’ll find that they also called Sanders and O’Malley out on statements they made as well.
But this isn’t really going anywhere. Clinton will still be able to lie her way to the White House with overall impunity and little criticism. A conservative’s out-of-context statement is enough to yield a media firestorm and the front pages the next day that could sink his campaign. A Democrat’s lies get “exposed” on the bottom left hand corner of page F10, next to the Cialis ads.