Rep. Ilhan Omar's claim is high: There aren't 500 gun deaths per day in the US, it's closer to 100

Rep. Ilhan Omar’s claim is high: There aren’t 500 gun deaths per day in the US, it’s closer to 100

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U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., overstates the number of gun-related deaths in America. (AP) U.S. Rep. Lucy McBath of Georgia, who became a gun-control advocate after her 17-year-old son was shot to death, tweeted on June 5 that she was praying the U.S. Senate would adopt the House-passed Bipartisan Background Checks Act. That drew a retweet from a Democratic colleague, Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, who added this statement: "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?" At 500 per day, that would be 182,500 deaths per year from gun violence in the United States. The actual figure is nowhere near that high. The legislation (H.R. 8) would establish new background check requirements for firearm transfers between private parties. Transfers would be prohibited unless a licensed gun dealer, manufacturer, or importer first takes possession of the firearm to conduct a background check. There would be some exceptions, such as a gift between spouses. Currently , only federally licensed gun dealers, importers and manufacturers are required to conduct a background check for someone seeking to obtain a gun. The House, which is controlled by Democrats, passed the bill 240-190 in February 2019. National Public Radio reported then that passage in the Republican-majority Senate is unlikely. The White House has signaled that President Donald Trump would veto the […]

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