Erich Pratt, the executive director of Gun Owners of America (GOA), appeared on “CNN Newsroom” Thursday to speak on the subject of gun control.
During the segment, CNN Carol Costello pointed to statistics (from the Centers for Disease Control), saying:
“…more than 33,000 people die from firearms every single year.”
She then asked Pratt, “Isn’t that too many?”
Pratt then dropped the facts on Costello:
“Well, what you failed to point out, Carol, is that the CDC also–pursuant to President Obama issuing a decree to have them study this issue–they found that anywhere from 500,000 to three million times a year, guns are being used in self-defense. So that means for every negative tragic use of a firearm…”
Costello then cut Pratt of twice, claiming that the Center for Disease Control (CDC) isn’t allowed to do research on guns. Pratt then cited the 2013 CDC study, as well as aSlatearticleregardingthe study, and Costello still wasn’t believing what he has to say.
However, it turns out that Pratt is correct.
In January 2013, the Obama administration issued an executive order telling the CDC to research firearm violence and prevention.
Thereportshowed that firearms are used effectively for self-defense, as Pratt stated in the news segment. In addition to this finding, the report also found that 61% of firearm fatalities are due to suicide and that mass-shootings like Sandy Hook “accounted for a very small fraction of all firearm-related deaths.”
See video of the exchange below:
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