Fake news: Democratic congressman tells whopper about gun violence on House floor

Fake news: Democratic congressman tells whopper about gun violence on House floor
Jamie Raskin (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – This is the same yutz who proposed convening a special committee of psychiatrists and other doctors whose job would be to determine if President Donald Trump is nuts.]

Rep. [score]Jamie Raskin[/score] (D-MD) made wildly inaccurate claims in the House of Representatives on Wednesday as he tried to scare fellow representatives from voting in favor of national gun-carry reciprocity legislation.

Raskin claimed that in 2017 there have been nearly 400 shootings where four or more people were killed in the U.S., a claim that was inflated by well over 300 shootings, according to statistics reviewed by the Washington Free Beacon.

“Since January, we’ve had 397 gun massacres in America, defined as a slaying of 4 people or more,” Raskin said. “The American people want to end this reign of terror but what do our friends do on the other side?”

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Raskin’s statement did not match statistics from any known database of shootings. The number of shootings that matched his criteria was only 40 for 2017 – 357 less shootings than he claimed.

WFB cites the openly pro-gun control Mass Shooting Tracker’s statistics, which show that from Jan 1, 2017 to Dec 4, 2017 there were 40 shootings in which 4 or more people were killed.

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