Fact-checking 2020 candidates on gun control

A primary topic on the minds of voters as Democratic candidates flocked to the Iowa State Fair this weekend was gun violence. Just a week removed from the twin shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, candidates discussed what they would do as President to address gun violence and how they would bolster gun control.
Here’s a look at the facts around their claims.


During a press gaggle at the fair, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee claimed that half of firearm-related deaths are suicides.
“We need to have gun owner responsibility,” Inslee said, “because you know why, almost half of the gun deaths are due to suicide.”
Facts First: Inslee is underestimating here. Suicides account for 61% of gun deaths over the past 17 years of available data.