State of Georgia Archives: on Gun Control

Paul Broun: FactCheck: Guns cause more deaths than bats & hammers

State Sen. Bill Jackson said, "There's more murders with hammers last year than shotguns and pistols and AK-47s." Two days later, US Rep. Paul Broun said: "There are more people killed with baseball bats and hammers than are killed with guns." Is it true

In January, some pro-gun rights Facebook posts began to circulate: "According to the FBI, in 2011, 1,694 were murdered with knives, 726 with hands or feet, 496 with clubs or hammers, 323 with rifles of any type," it read. PolitiFact reviewed 2011 FBI data on the types of weapons used to commit murders; the Facebook numbers nearly matched. So, using selective data, Sen. Jackson's claim is true: more people were killed with hammers than specific types of guns.

Broun's statement is not as specific as Jackson's. FBI data shows that 6,220 Americans were murdered by handguns in 2011. That's more than 12 times the number of people killed with clubs or hammers. Broun's general use of "guns" by its nature includes handguns. That makes his statement way off

Source: PolitiFact FactCheck on 2014 Georgia Senate debate Feb 13, 2013

Jason Carter: Rated 92% by National Rifle Association

2012 rating by National Rifle Association for Candidate Positions on Gun Rights: 92%

NRA website's self-description: While widely recognized today as a major political force and as America's foremost defender of Second Amendment rights, the NRA has, since its inception, been the premier firearms education organization in the world. Our nearly three million members have given to champion Second Amendment rights and support NRA programs.

Source: NRA Ratings on 2014 Georgia gubernatorial race Dec 31, 2012

Rand Knight: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

Vernon Jones: Allow individuals to carry concealed guns

Source: Georgia Congressional Election 2008 Political Courage Test Jul 2, 2008

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