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.
Joe Biden alluded to the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, the passage of which protected gun manufacturers from lawsuits in scenarios where the gun in question was legally made and legally sold. He equated this protection with “absolute immunity,” saying it “has caused carnage on our streets. 150 million people have been killed since 2007 when [Bernie Sanders] voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” AWR HAWKINS at Breitbart reports.
His is comments came during an exchange with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders about the progressive candidate’s support of the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects the gun manufacture and distribution industry against civil liability actions brought over the misuse of the weapons by others.
“I have a D-minus voting record from the NRA,” Sanders said. “Thirty years ago, I likely lost a race for the one seat in Congress in Vermont because 30 years ago I supported a ban on assault weapons. Right now, my view is we need to expand background checks, end the gun show loophole and do what the American people want, not what the NRA wants.”
Biden reminded the crowd that he “got assault weapons banned.” He said: “I got magazines that could not hold more than 19 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.
“Imagine if I stood here and said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies,” Biden continued. “That has caused carnage on our streets.”
I don’t speak Biden, but does that mean the Vietnam war occurred between 2007 and today?
In any case, 150 million people is almost half of the population of the US and nobody pointed out how ludicrous that statement is.
Biden’s campaign later confirmed to CNN that Biden had mistakenly mentioned the wrong number.
“Biden campaign tells [CNN economic policy reporter] @KatieLobosco he misspoke when he said “150 million” people have been killed since a Sanders vote in “2007” (2005) to shield gunmakers from certain liability — the campaign says he meant to refer to *150,000* people killed in firearm homicides since then,” tweeted CNN reporter Daniel Dale.
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