During the South Carolina 2020 Democrat debate, former Vice President Joe Biden claimed that 150 million Americans have died since 2007 because of gun violence and gun makers cannot be sued.
His is comments came during an exchange with Bernie Sanders about the Democratic Socialist’s support of the 2005 Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, which protects the gun manufacturer 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.”
“150 million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability,” Biden added. “More than all the wars including Vietnam from that point on.”
Joe Biden was alluding 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.
The former Vice President 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,” via: Breitbart.
Data from the National Archives indicates that 58,220 U.S. soldiers were killed during the Vietnam War. Roughly over 7,000 U.S. soldiers were killed in action during military actions in the Middle East, according to the Department of Defense.
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.
Biden’s campaign later said to CNN that Biden had “misspoke when he said 150 million.”
“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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