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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Hillary’s Claim That Vermont Supplies NY Crime Guns Earns Three Pinocchios

In her latest attack on Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton manufactured a statistic to lure voters into believing that most of New York’s crime guns come from his tiny state. 

On Monday, Clinton told about 200 New Yorkers at a campaign event, “Most of the guns that are used in crimes and violence and killings in New York come from out of state. The state that has the highest per-capita number of those guns that end up committing crime in New York come from Vermont.” 

This is an outrageous stretch. The Washington Post found that only 1 percent of traceable N.Y. crime guns came from Vermont in 2014. However, by adding “per capita,” Clinton divides 55 guns by Vermont’s tiny population to make up a meaningless statistic that virtually no law enforcement agency or media outlet would dare use. 

The Post awarded Clinton three Pinocchios for her strangled stat, which means it has “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions” and “gets into the realm of ‘mostly false.’”