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April 1, 2013 - 7:17 am

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who’s running for Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s (D-N.J.) seat next year, fumbled gun-violence stats in a Sunday appearance on ABC’s This Week.

“Shame on us, because the tragedies haven’t stopped,” Booker said of a new CBS poll that shows support for new gun-control legislation at just 47 percent, down 10 points from December.

“There are still thousands of Americans that are being murdered every single day. We had an innocent man in my city injured by a handgun that didn’t come from our — the handguns in my city are not coming from within our state. And so this is very problematic. When you have the majority of the people, 90 percent Americans, 80 percent of gun owners agree on sensible gun reforms that would stop the carnage,” the mayor continued.

“I’m talking background checks. I’m talking punishments against straw purchases. We’re talking about secondary markets and making sure — imagine TSA saying, we’re not going to check 40 percent of the people that board our planes. That’s what we’re doing right now. A terrorist in our country can go to do — can’t get on a plane to go there, but could go to certain areas of our country and buy truckloads full of weapons,” he said. “Americans are in agreement on this. And the tragedies continue now.”

Soon after, Booker tweeted:

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Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Pathetic because he would rush to enact legislation based on thinking there are thousands of daily deaths, and is all upset that people take the time to study and think about an issue before passing laws.

His quotes are almost incoherent---support for new enactments down to 47% but he still talks about support of 90%.. which is it? Oh, wait, that might involve thinking, wouldn't want to distract anyone with THAT silly old thing.

Just another lib who thinks he's smarter than everyone else and therefore should get to run everyone else's lives.
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Thgis is not accidental. This is not stupidity. This is calculated deception. It is Goebbels' Big Lie. If they repeat it often enough, and the Party Press (AKA the MSM) WILL report it as fact, enough people will believe it.

This is an orchestrated conspiracy to extinguish the Bill of Rights.
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At least he was man enough to publically admit he got it wrong, in that respect he is better than obama, who never admits to anything, just blames others or evades the question. But it is very disturbing that people who have no idea what they are talking about insist they have the right to tell us what kind of guns we can buy, or how we buy them.
1 year ago
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No serious person takes anything spouted on the Sunday shows as factual or real. I know we must fight their lies, but whoever is watching the Sunday shows will not be influenced by logic or facts.
1 year ago
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I was just watching a video on Frontpage Mag that shows how Obama (and all the other pols) are lying about the numbers. 1990's studies, only 241 people, didn't separate out suicides, and the study only covered 1 year during the 94 assault weapons ban.
The guy tore apart all the numbers they are throwing around now. He is the video right after the economists talk, Steve ?
1 year ago
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Pathetic because he would rush to enact legislation based on thinking there are thousands of daily deaths, and is all upset that people take the time to study and think about an issue before passing laws.

His quotes are almost incoherent---support for new enactments down to 47% but he still talks about support of 90%.. which is it? Oh, wait, that might involve thinking, wouldn't want to distract anyone with THAT silly old thing.

Just another lib who thinks he's smarter than everyone else and therefore should get to run everyone else's lives.
1 year ago
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Its Normal.. Democrats and Numbers dont mix.. Most are lucky to be able to count to 2o with their shoes on..
1 year ago
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Full credit? Seriously?

Millions saw him say thousands, only thousands saw his correction to dozens.

Oh and giving yourself forgiveness on a mistake that is 2 orders of magnitude wrong is something the oh so generous with himself Cory Booker would never give his political enemies.

At this point in the debate it can never be assumed they were mistaken( as opposed to willfully deceitful) considering the retraction was in so limited a forum. This was done to give this left wing hack plausible dependability.

How can you tell a democrat is lying? You damn well know the answer to that.
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I guess it all depends on what you define as a deadly weapon. At sixteen thousand deaths due to HIV in 2010, that works out to 43 deaths a day, and mostly due to male on male sex. And then there is the CDC stats that show the pen is mightier than the dick: doctors kill 96000 (ninety six thousand) people a year due medical errors. Apparently the carnage is all well documented by registered and licensed professionals which should make everyone feel better about getting every gun owner registered with the state.
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Hey, full credit to him for self-correcting in realtime without having to be shamed into it over days.

He was wrong (and laughably - his intuition should have told him that was insanely too high, by several orders of magnitude), but he seems to have been a mensch about it.

1 year ago
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Only Americans could believe 34 gun death's a day is an acceptable number .
In the U.K we have that a year and we have gangs as well.

We also have kids watching violent video games, people with mental illness , feral kids and poor parenting.


It's


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hey, magst, when you count ONLY gun deaths in Jolly Auld, you're lying. Count ALL homicides nationwide by all means. You'll find your numbers aren't any better than ours, and likely worse. And dont fail to mention the niggly little detail that most of those killed in violence on your side the Puddle are done so in commission of crimes... because they have no practical means of defense. Your nannies have taken that away. At least here, we can carry a handgun and defend ourselves.. and so do about two million times per year. Which means, just to cut a fine point on the number, that a likely extra million Yanks are left alive each year BECAUSE we CAN defend ourselves. I remember during your sweet riots some time ago, your nanies outlawed the sale of BASEBAL BATS.. the most deadly protable self-defense weapon then available in the UK. Seems your nannies outlawed "defense bats" for the peons, but kindly neglected to outlaw and control the "assault bats" the hooligans already had in large numbers. Your nation is so bad I won't even go thre anymore. Leave your nose out of OUR business here. No amount of legislation will prevent violence, as it is endemic to fallen human nature. You lot keep your wimpy defenseless populations your side the Pond. We don't need your thinking this side.
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Tionico,the whole article is about deaths by gun violence.I can understand why
you want to change the subject.The acceptance of this level of gun massacres and death's as acceptable to 'defend' yourselves baffles the civilised world.
We don't want to be armed.What sort of society are you in that you have to carry a gun with you everywhere?
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If you subtract the murders done in Chicago, NYC, D.C., and LA, there were probably only one or two murders done in the other 99.9% of the US today (which also is about 100+ times larger than the UK).

In most of America, you can go years without anyone in your town being murdered. In most of America, we won't put up with such behaviour.
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We are talking about the number of gun death' s a day ,never mind the murder rate.
The U.K murder rate would be near zero if we excluded London,Manchester,Birmingham and Liverpool.
However i would never use that to make my point because it would be a ridiculous argument
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Make no mistake about who Booker is: he is a New Jim Crow racial bigot who firmly and truly believes all the ills of black folks are directly caused by white folks. You only have to read what he says when he talks to black groups to understand this.
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