Friday, October 31st, 2014

Mike Huckabee's claim on gun homicides misfires

If you dropped California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., from the statistics, would the U.S. become as idyllically gun-homicide-free as Belgium? (Photo courtesy Belgium Tourist Office.)
If you dropped California, Illinois, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., from the statistics, would the U.S. become as idyllically gun-homicide-free as Belgium? (Photo courtesy Belgium Tourist Office.)

In a recent Facebook post, former Arkansas Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee used an unusual computation to play down the extent of firearm-related homicides in the United States.

"America’s gun-related homicide rate is nearly 20 times that of other high-income nations," Huckabee said in the Aug. 20 post. "But it would be about the same as Belgium’s if you left out California, Illinois, D.C. and New Jersey: places with some of the strictest gun control laws in the U.S."

It's a strange way to analyze the numbers, but it’s not even correct on its own terms. We rated the claim Pants on Fire. Read our complete report to see the statistics for yourself.