NRA quotes Clinton’s anti-gun stance, Politifact incorrectly says claim ‘mostly false’
The National Rifle Association sent out a flier earlier this month proving Hillary Clinton’s anti-gun stance and Politifact, a project operated by the Tampa Bay Times that fact checks political statements by members of Congress, the White House, lobbyists and interest groups, falsely claimed that the NRA was wrong.
In the flyer, it asked, “What did Hillary Clinton say when she was asked about gun confiscation in America? The flier went on answering the question by quoting Clinton as saying: “I think it would be worth considering doing it on a national level, if that can be arranged.”
Tom Blumer of News Busters broke the story and reported that Clinton was asked whether she would support a national gun buyback program similar to one Australia instituted in 1996 after a mass shooting in Tasmania left 35 dead. A month later, Australia banned semi-automatic and self-loading rifles as well as shotguns.
The government offered a one-year grace period during which it would buy back the firearms at fair-market prices. After that, people possessing the weapons would subject to strict penalties.
Then this past Monday, Politifact criticized the flyer, which quoted Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on her actual statement at a Town Hall meeting in Keene, NH on October 16, 2015.
Blumer stated that Politifact Virginia’s Warren Fiske proclaimed that the NRA fact was “mostly false” in claiming that that she said “gun confiscation would be worth considering.”
Politifact’s Fiske noted that the NRA was not particularly responsive when asked for further comment.
“It’s hard to blame them. Though the NRA could have cited the second and third items just noted as further evidence, why waste time beyond a public rebuttal with someone won’t accept the meaning of plainly communicated words?, “said Blumer. “In other words, the NRA was “mostly false” in quoting Mrs. Clinton’s own words.”
“The Website’s clear mission is to make false leftist claims look credible while discrediting valid statements made by those on the center-right.”
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