Hillary Clinton says U.S. loses 90 people a day to guns

Hillary Clinton, bidding for the Democratic presidential nomination, made a claim about people felled by guns in this San Antonio speech Oct. 15, 2015 (Photo, Eric Schlegel/Getty Images).
Hillary Clinton, bidding for the Democratic presidential nomination, made a claim about people felled by guns in this San Antonio speech Oct. 15, 2015 (Photo, Eric Schlegel/Getty Images).

Hillary Clinton, wooing San Antonio voters last week, said she’s running for president in part "to protect our families and communities from the plague of gun violence."

Clinton, introduced and endorsed by Julián Castro, the former San Antonio mayor serving as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, went on: "Look, you know, we lose an average of 90 Americans every day because of guns."

Is that so?

That’s about right, though she didn’t clarify that the bulk of those deaths in recent years have been suicides, not the homicides often singled out by candidates and officeholders. Also, in 2013, the latest year of available data, the national rate of homicides by firearm was lower than the rate for 1999 through 2013.

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