Falsehoods and half-truths in debate on gun control
Falsehoods and half-truths in debate on gun control By Bill Adair
Published on Monday, July 23rd, 2012 at 8:51 a.m. A movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo., that killed 12 people and wounded 58 has prompted new discussions about gun control. If you tune into the debate, be wary of the claims you hear because discussions about gun control have often been filled with half-truths and falsehoods.
PolitiFact has checked 74 claims on the subject of guns and rated 43 Half True or lower: 20 received False or Pants on Fire ratings.
Among our ratings:Lots of Half Trues — We have awarded lots of Half Trues about guns, including Ted Nugent’s claim that four Supreme Court justices have “signed their name to a declaration that Americans have no fundamental right to self-defense”; Vice President Joe Biden’s claim that most people who are shot end up being shot with their own weapon; and President Barack Obama’s claim that 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States.
Pants on Fire — We have found seven claims that were so ridiculously false that they earned our Pants on Fire rating, including a claim from chain emails that you need to list all your guns on your tax return and one that Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were negotiating a United Nations treaty that would ban handguns.