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Biden’s claim that half the US population has been killed in gun violence leads to serious concerns

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During Tuesday night’s Democrat presidential primary debate, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that 150 million Americans have died from gun deaths since 2007.

FYI, that’s nearly twice as many people who died globally during World War II …

The baffling claim was made as the former front-runner presidential candidate defended his track record on gun control, which is a leading issue for Democrats.

Listen (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):

“Vice President Biden, I want to start with you, why should anyone have faith that you’re the one who can get this done now?” moderator Gayle King asked him about his previously made declarations that he has what it takes to stop all gun violence.

“Because I’m the only one that ever got it done nationally,” the former VP replied. “I beat the NRA twice. I got assault weapons banned. I got magazines that could not hold more than 10 rounds in them. I got them eliminated. Except we had a thing called an election with hanging chads in Florida and it was not reauthorized.”

He was only partially correct.

“In addition to that, I passed the Brady Bill with waiting periods,” he continued. “I led that fight. But my friend to my right and others have in fact also gave into the gone manufacturers, absolute immunity. Imagine if I stood here and said we’d give immunity to drug companies. We would give immunity to tobacco companies.”

“That has caused carnage on our streets. 150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability. More than all the wars, including Vietnam, from that point on.”

Fact-check: FALSE BEYOND PARODY.

“With the U.S. Census Bureau reporting a population of 327.2 million people in the country in 2018, Biden’s figure would equate to approximately one half of the current U.S. population being killed by gun violence since 2007,” Newsweek notes.

America would have had to endure a second civil war — an especially bloody one, at that — to sustain such an enormous loss of life, as noted by critics:

A spokesperson later confirmed to The Washington Post that he’d meant 150,000, not 150 million.

“Biden was referring to a figure just for homicides, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention databases,” the Post reported.

While getting a number off by a few digits may seem like a small error, it’s one of a multitude of errors the former VP has made in the past year.

Most recently, he told he told a crowd of supporters Monday that he’s running for a “United States Senate” seat:

So when you weigh his flub Tuesday evening with his every other habitual gaffe and misstatement, it just seems he’s really not cut out for the job, according to critics.

As Jack Furnari, the CEO of BizPac Review, tweeted during the debate, it seems he’s better equipped to apply for a spot at a “managed care facility.”

Look:

It was a sad end to what had initially begun as a good night for Biden.

After weeks of being accused of barely being alive, it seemed he’d finally woken up when Biden finally put his foot down and took charge of the stage.

“I’m not out of time. You spoke over time, and I’m going to talk!” he angrily declared after challenger Tom Steyer tried to silence him.

Watch:

That’s the most life he’s displayed in an entire year. But this brief moment of life evaporated as quickly as it’d formed, with Biden again reverting to his “sleepy,” gaffe-prone self only minutes later. Oh well.

Vivek Saxena

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