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PolitiFact Calls Congressman’s Statement About Gun Violence a “Pants on Fire ” Lie

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U.S. Rep. Paul Broun, a Republican from Georgia said, “”There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns.”

Politifact found:

FBI data shows that 6,220 Americans were murdered by handguns in 2011. That’s more than 12 times the number of people killed with clubs or hammers, not including how many people were killed by other types of guns.

Broun’s claim that there are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns was less specific. Broun’s general use of “guns” by its nature includes handguns. That makes his statement way off.

FBI statistics show that 8,583 people were killed with all guns in 2011 — most of them (6,220) with handguns.

 

 

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