Senator Cory Booker questioned observers after witnessing more deaths in his lifetime “than all our wars combined.”
Booker made the exclusive claims during an appearance with “Morning Joe” on MSNBC.
“We’ve had more people die from gun violence in our short lifetime than in all of our wars — from the Civil War and the Revolutionary War to the wars that have gathered in the Middle East,” the New Jersey senator asserted. .
He posted a video clip of the comments and a caption echoing those sentiments, saying he was proud of his statement.
“I am 53 years old, and I have seen more Americans die from domestic gun violence than in all our wars combined,” he wrote. “Let that sink in.”
I’m 53 years old and I’ve seen more Americans die from domestic gun violence than in all our wars combined…let that sink in. pic.twitter.com/KI2svCuO0I
– Sen. Corey Booker (@SenBooker) January 25, 2023
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Cory Booker mocked for ‘gun violence’ claims
Needless to say, not everyone is buying the statistics Cory Booker has been cooking up about gun violence and the history of wars America has participated in.
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Attorney Jason Roberge asked, “Why isn’t he wearing a mask to cover up all those lies?”
Why don’t they wear a mask to hide all these lies
— Jason Roberge (@JasonRobergeVA) January 26, 2023
RedState columnist Buzz Patterson was quick to reply.
“Ugh, it’s not true,” he wrote. “Your crew sucks.”
Oh, it’s not true. Your crew sucks.
— Buzz Patterson (@BuzzPatterson) January 25, 2023
“It’s never too late to stop lying,” political commentator Jim Treacher tweeted.
It’s never too late to stop lying https://t.co/h4YVHGFFng
— jimtreacher.substack.com (@jtLOL) January 26, 2023
Podcast host Benny Johnson wrote, “Countdown to apologies to all veterans groups in 3 … 2 … 1.”
3…2…1….. Countdown to apologize to all veterans groups at https://t.co/MIF18QAxJ1
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) January 26, 2023
Unfortunately, Cory Booker has shown no sign of apologizing for his misleading claim about gun violence and American wars. In fact, he has made the claim several times in the past.
“In my lifetime, more people have died from gun violence than in every war in our nation’s history, from the revolution to the current wars,” he said after the shooting in March 2021. “Why? Why are we here?”
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There are some holes in the claim
Here’s the thing about Spartacus – we’re not here. Your numbers don’t add up.
If someone like Donald Trump said, “I’ve seen more Americans die,” fact-checkers would immediately declare his statement false because, obviously, he didn’t personally witness that many deaths. Different rules for different people.
Most gun control enthusiasts prefer to cite statistics from activist groups that use false statistics to downplay the dangers of guns in America.
how They include suicides in their statistics, “gun violence” and accidental discharges of a person’s weapons, among other things.
BIDEN: “150 million people” have been killed by gun violence since 2007.
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 26, 2020
In 2018, Political Insider reported on a group called Everytown for Gun Safety that was misrepresenting the number of school shootings that year.
The group used three instances involving a pellet gun, and two incidents where a stray bullet was found on campus leading to a lockdown, among their 11 “school shootings.”
Brandon Morse, deputy managing editor at RedState, took aim at Booker’s right to specifically mention the suicide aspect of his “gun violence” claims.
“A solid portion of those deaths are male suicides but you don’t want to talk about mental health in men and how society treats them today,” he railed. “You’re a cheater.”
A solid portion of those deaths are male suicides but you don’t want to talk about mental health in men and how society treats them today. You are a cheater.
— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) January 26, 2023
The Washington Post fact-checked previous attempts by Cory Booker to claim that more Americans had died from “gun violence” than in all previous wars combined and could not rate the claim as true.
According to Statista, the number of American war dead from the Civil War, WWII, WWI, Korea and Vietnam alone adds up to 1,236,640.
According to UC Davis, in 2019, there were 14,861 gun homicides in the U.S. Booker would have to be 83 years old to see the same number of gun homicides as the above war dead. But again, total homicides include things like gang or drug violence, which are not all “crimes of passion” or what most people usually think of when they think of murder.
WaPo described Booker’s claim as an “easy comparison” and suggested it “adds numbers but doesn’t tell you much.”
The Post notes that in the case of the CDC, the numbers used to track “gun violence” include self-defense, justifiable homicides, accidents and suicides.
In 2017 alone, he reported, “60 percent of gun deaths … were suicides.”
In short, the numbers are wildly inflated to create an anti-gun narrative that simple-minded lawmakers like Cory Booker use to exploit emotions and impose restrictions on your constitutional right to bear arms.
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