Former Vice President Joe Biden erroneously claimed more than 100 million people in the United States have been killed by guns in the last decade and a half.
Biden, 77, made the assertion during Tuesday’s presidential debate in South Carolina while touting his record on gun control and taking a dig at Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
“Imagine if I said we give immunity to drug companies, we give immunity to tobacco companies. That has caused carnage on our streets. One hundred and fifty million people have been killed since 2007 when Bernie voted to exempt the gun manufacturers from liability. More than all the wars,” he said.
That number, if it were true, would be significant as the Census Bureau estimated the U.S. population was 329.45 million in 2019. Fewer than 40,000 people died in gun-related deaths in 2017, which was the highest total since at least 1968, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.