After a gunman shot and killed defenseless worshippers, President Barack Obama made a couple statements touching off the Truth-O-Meter.
Obama said the day after: "Now is the time for mourning and for healing. But let’s be clear: At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency."
Separately, Obama tweeted: "Here are the stats: Per population, we kill each other with guns at a rate 297x more than Japan, 49x more than France, 33x more than Israel."
Obama's comments, checked by PolitiFact in Washington, D.C., came out MOSTLY FALSE and MOSTLY TRUE, respectively.
They're relatively rare. But the statements we rate True are an interesting lot. Here are 10 of them.
False, False, False, Pants on Fire.
May 2015 was kind of a rough month for some folks on PolitiFact Wisconsin's Truth-O-Meter.
Rick Perry, in Iowa, took note of a town's claim to being some kind of ice cream history.
We kid. But Perry's tweet got us to wondering how often we get to check claims tied to what we eat.
• Speaking in New Hampshire, Jeb Bush took a shot at Barack Obama's beliefs in the importance of American leadership. But past speeches undermine Bush's claim.
• Fact-checking claims about same-sex marriage
• Fact-checking the April 26 shows, 'Clinton Cash'
On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court hears oral arguments about same-sex marriage bans. PolitiFact has fact-checked multiple claims related to the topic.
Republican presidential contenders will speak to a welcoming crowd at the National Rifle Association’s annual leadership forum on Friday.
A Facebook meme suggests Canada-born Ted Cruz conveniently flip-flopping on needing to be born in the U.S. to run for president.
Pants on Fire! The comments attributed to Cruz don't reflect any actual remarks that we could find.
Our look at the meme turned out to be
Ted Cruz, the lively Texas senator, is declared his candidacy for president Monday. (Ahem, he tweeted his plans before he spoke.)
Win or lose in that endeavor, the Houston lawyer already has a Truth-O-Meter record drawing lots of online attention. See his ratings through today below. Dig into some of his "greatest hits" in our story starting here. Or gander at a PolitiFact look into his eligibility to run for president (Cruz was born in Canada) here.
It's TRUE: Cruz is the longest-serving solicitor general of Texas in history.
We'd almost forgotten PolitiFact has a rocking song.
On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights.
Rick Scott's 2015 State of the State speech annotated
On the 50th anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’ in Selma, we look back at our fact-checks about voting rights
Remember last summer’s Pants on Fire claims about immigrants committing 3,000 murders in Texas?
A similar claim singling out Barack Obama just drew four Pinnochio's from The Washington Post’s Fact Checker which also revealed the state of Texas has reconfigured its data.
(See video of Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, making his statement at the 23:29 mark of the video posted above this story or go directly here.)
At the forefront of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Congress is the fact that he and President Barack Obama don’t see eye-to-eye on Iran. Here are some of our latest checks on Iran-related claims.
Speaker Boehner posted a list supposedly showing 22 times President Obama disavowed his power to stop immigrant deportations without congressional help.
That count doesn’t hold up. But Obama made repeated disavowals.
In a speech to the Democratic National Committee, President Barack Obama asked for more fact-checking. Here you go.
The State of the Union address -- and Joni Ernst's Republican response -- were some of the biggest draws in January for PolitiFact readers.
Greg Abbott’s fresh mention of Barack Obama made us wonder.
Nearly seven years ago, did candidate Obama promise Texas a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley?
In the wake of comments by Rand Paul and Chris Christie about whether to vaccinate children, attention has turned to footage from 2008 showing then-candidate Barack Obama seeming to raise similar concerns. But is he? We took a closer look.
PolitiFact Texas: Obama's call for a veterans hospital in the Rio Grande Valley
We haven’t studied it, but we think there might be pent-up demand for Pants on Fire.