CNN Fact Checks Sen. Ted Cruz On Gun Violence

During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas claimed that places with the most gun control have the highest number of gun-related deaths:

The places with the toughest gun control laws, cities like Chicago, Washington DC, they almost invariably have the highest crime rates, the highest murder rates.

Cuomo fact checked Cruz on the spot:

No, that’s not true. The Giffords Center analysis says that states that have the strictest gun control laws have the lowest rates of gun deaths. Just as a recent example, look at Connecticut, look how they brought the numbers down.

Cruz claimed Giffords Center was not a reliable source, so Cuomo asked Cruz to cite his source:

Where are you citing them from — the NRA? Where are you getting them from?

After some awkward silence, Cruz changed the subject.

Cruz accepted $362,103 in donations from the National Rifle Association and other gun-rights groups in 2016, according to Open Secrets.

(Sources: CNN via YouTube, Open Secrets)

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