Last month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi committed one of the most common sins of Democrats who talk about the subject of gun violence: She lied. On November 20, she said, “In the 266 days since we sent this bill, about 25,000 people have died from gun violence in our country, 47 percent of them teenagers or children younger than that.”
That statistic was laughable on its face, but liberals are used to trafficking in gun violence stats that make no sense. The Washington Post is as bad as any of them, often telling us in solemn tones that there have been X-number of mass shootings this year, with X representing an incredible number…like 1,000. When you actually go to the source, you’ll find row after row of incidents that do not qualify as “mass shootings” by any reasonable definition, but that doesn’t stop the media hysterics from using those stats to push their agenda.
Here, the only surprise about Pelosi’s lie is that she got called out for it by the Washington Post:
On the face of it, it seemed a strange statistic, as about 60 percent of gun deaths in the United States are suicides. (Homicides are less than 40 percent.) It seemed strange that so many children would be killing themselves with guns.
A check of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention database found that in 2017, 3,443 deaths from firearms were between the ages of zero and 19. Given that the CDC recorded 39,771 deaths from firearms, that would be just under 9 percent. That’s significantly lower than 47 percent. So we asked Pelosi’s office to explain her math.
Henry V. Connelly, a Pelosi spokesman, was quick to respond to our query: “The Speaker misspoke. The statistic that she intended to reference is that an average of 47 children and teens (ages 0-19) are shot every day.” That’s certainly different from 47 percent killed.
The fact-checkers go on to explain that they were going to give Pelosi a pass on this one, even though the cited source – the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – says that the number of people in the U.S. under the age of 19 killed every day by firearms is closer to 7 than 47. It was just a slip of the tongue, and there was no need to condemn Pelosi with the dreaded Pinnochios, they said.
But then we realized this was not a single slip of the tongue. Pelosi’s tongue has been slipping all year.
In February, during a floor speech before a vote on the House’s proposed law to enhance background checks, Pelosi said: “Nearly 40,000 lives are cut short every year from gun violence. An average of 47 children and teenagers are killed by guns every single day.”
In a September news release, she said: “Every day that Senator McConnell blocks our House-passed, lifesaving bills, an average of 100 people — including 47 children and teenagers — die from senseless gun violence.”
On Sept. 26, she tweeted: “100 people die every day from gun violence — 47 of them children & teenagers.”
In October, she told reporters: “We said 200 days, 100 people on an average day, around 20,000 people have died, 47 percent of them children or teenagers, as old as teenagers.”
In November, she told one of our Washington Post colleagues: “Every single day, about 100 people die from gun violence, 47 percent of them children or teenagers.”
There are three other examples in November as well. Sometimes she said or implied 47 percent of those killed are teenagers or children; other times, she said 47 children or teenagers were killed a day (which would amount to 43 percent of all firearms deaths). Neither is close to accurate.
Pelosi has practically built her entire gun control agenda around this ridiculously-untrue statistic, the Washington Post discovered. And, faced with the nastiest business of professional left-wing fact-checking, they reluctantly gave the Democrat her Four Pinnochios.
Now we’re just waiting for them to fact-check her absurd statements about impeachment.