Former Vice President Joe Biden is building quite the reputation for on-stage gaffes but one statement he made during Tuesday evening’s Democratic debate was especially over-the-top.
According to the former Vermont senator, more than 150 million people have died due to guns since 2007.
That’s roughly half of the population of the United States.
As the Western Journal reports, Biden used the crazy (and false) gun statistic to swipe fellow presidential candidate and current front-runner Bernie Sanders over his “soft” track record on guns.
“My friend to my right and others have in fact also given to the gun manufacturers absolute immunity. Imagine if I stood here and said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies. That has caused carnage on our streets. A hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” Biden said on the CBS News debate stage.
“For the record, that’s impossible,” Politico said in response.
“By any measure, Biden’s stat seems implausible, to say the least,” the Western Journal adds.
According to the Pew Research Center, 39,773 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S. in 2017 (the most recent year for which data is available).
And tens of thousands of gun deaths per year does not add up to nearly 150 million since 2007. Not even close.
Gun experts and conservative pundits were quick to point out Biden’s mistake.
Take a look at these responses:
There’s no way that many people in a nation of 330 million people have been killed in that time frame. Gun deaths since 2007 have averaged about 33,000 yearly, including suicideshttps://t.co/lJOOAGho1n
— POLITICO (@politico) February 26, 2020
Also, presumably this was a mistake on Joe Biden's part but there have not been "150 million people" killed with guns since 2007. There are about 30,000 gun deaths per year and about two-thirds of those are suicides.
— Stephen Gutowski (@StephenGutowski) February 26, 2020
Biden just said 150 million people have been killed by "gun violence" over the past 10+ years. This is so so false. There are 300 million people in America.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) February 26, 2020
According to Joe Biden, gun violence has killed nearly half of the United States population in the last 13 years
Are they really going to stand on stage and debate about “math” while blasting out statistics like that?
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 26, 2020
Joe Biden just said that 159 million people have died from gun violence since 2007, damn Joe thats almoat half the population of the country.
— Charlie Daniels (@CharlieDaniels) February 26, 2020
Joe Biden just said that 150 million Americans have been killed in gun violence since 2007. That’s a little less than half of our population. The guy’s a complete nut job.
— Buzz Patterson for Congress (CA-7) (@BuzzPatterson) February 26, 2020
CLAIM: During the South Carolina Democrat debate, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed 150 million Americans have died since 2007 because gun makers cannot be sued.
VERDICT: FALSE. https://t.co/K37TCe2YnP
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) February 26, 2020
WHAT DID BIDEN JUST SAY?
Crazy Joe Biden said 150 million Americans have died from Gun Violence
Is he Talking about the Trojan War or the Game of Thrones War?
President @realDonaldTrump is not the crazy one! JOE is the CRAZY ONE
**RT if you think he’s crazy to the y pic.twitter.com/TPZaHkwd1E
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) February 26, 2020
The Western Journal reports the 150 million death toll that Biden cited is more deaths than historians estimate were killed under communism over the last century:
French historian Stéphane Courtois wrote in the introduction to his 1999 book The Black Book of Communism that a rough approximation of deaths from communism approached 100 million.
In the well-regarded book’s forward, American historian Martin Malia concurred, writing of “a grand total of victims variously estimated by contributors to the volume at between 85 million and 100 million.”
Those are enormous numbers, yet they don’t even come close to the Biden’s “number of people killed since 2007.”
Are guns in America really more dangerous than a century of communism?