Michael Moore Told a Lie So Big Politifact Jumped In to Correct the Record

Politifact issued an October 25th report showing a central component to Michael Moore’s argument for repealing the Second Amendment was “mostly false.”

On October 4, Breitbart News reported that Moore called for the repeal of the Second Amendment and urged that it be replaced with a 28th Amendment that would tie gun ownership to military service rather than individual liberty.

One of Moore’s central reasons for doing this was his claim that working-class Americans are not really in a position where they need a gun for self-defense anyway, especially when they are in their homes. Moore said, “People who die from a home invasion make up a sad but minuscule .04 percent of all gun murders in the US. And over a third of them are killed by their own gun that the criminal has either stolen or wrestled from them.”

Politifact weighed this claim and found that Moore’s figure of “.o4 percent” lacks substantiation. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ Shannan Catalano believes Moore got the figure from her but did so without understanding that it was “only a side note in her larger report from 2010.”

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