House candidate Haley Stevens (D-MI-11) is running on a gun control platform and claiming there have been 1,600 mass shootings since Sandy Hook.
In reality, there have not been 1,600 mass shootings in the last 100 years.
Stevens has long been tweeting against guns.
For example, in January 2013 she tweeted:
— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) January 13, 2013
In June 2014 she used a tweet to suggest people who openly–and legally–carry guns must enjoy wielding power over other people:
Heartbroken & dismayed. Stopped for lunch in Lafayette, IN. Ran into man w/ child + large gun. Unbelievable what power that can yield.
— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) June 28, 2014
In July 2016 she lamented the so-called “power” people have over us by openly carrying guns:
America, we can reclaim our prosperity & the arresting power we have allowed guns to have over all of us. We don't need to be afraid.
— Haley Stevens (@HaleyLive) July 8, 2016
Then, following the February 14, 2018, Parkland high school shooting she said, “The assault rifles have had their day” and claimed there have been “1,600 mass shootings since Sandy Hook.”
In reality, the number of mass shootings during the past 50 years is somewhere around 100. Mother Jones reported a study by University of Alabama associate professor Adam Lankford which examined the years 1966 to 2012. Lankford found a total of “90 public mass shootings” in America during that time frame. Stevens is claiming there were “1,600” during the last six years.
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