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The Associated Press fact-checked Hillary Clinton’s gun control claims made during Saturday night’s Democratic debate in Iowa and found them “unsupported on all counts.”

Clinton claimed that since the last debate, on October 13 in Las Vegas, “nearly 3,000 people have been killed by guns. Two hundred children have been killed. This is an emergency.” She added that there have also been 21 mass shootings, “including one last weekend in Des Moines where three were murdered.”

Using the Gun Violence Archive, the AP said that there have been closer to 1,000 deaths per month on average this year, making Clinton’s claims “highly exaggerated.” As for her claim of the number of children killed by firearms, the AP said the figure was about 70, not the 200 that Hillary stated.

The AP’s conclusion: The claim appears to be unsupported on all counts.

When asked by the AP to explain the discrepancy, the Clinton campaign cited 2013 statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 2010 figures from the Children’s Defense Fund, which aren’t the same time period Clinton was talking about. As for the mass shooting, it was a shooting at a Des Moines nightclub where four people were shot, but only one was killed, not three.

This isn’t the first time that Clinton has gotten her facts wrong when speaking about gun control. Just last month, The Washington Post Fact Checker gave her three Pinocchios for false claims she made about gun sales at gun shows. That, coupled with her latest statements on gun deaths, shows that when it comes to gun control, Clinton is more interested in fear-mongering than in telling the truth.

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