NRA Man Claims Hammers Kill More Than Guns, Is Immediately Fact-Checked

A video of a visitor at the National Rifle Association (NRA) event in Houston over the weekend being corrected on gun death stats has gone viral.

Jason Selvig, one of the members of the comedy duo The Good Liars, spoke to the convention goer and discussed gun death statistics.

The man in the video claimed that in the U.S., more people are killed by hammers than guns every year. He also said that more crime is committed with hammers than guns.

Selvig, showing his disbelief, said that he would research this claim and quickly proved that the man was incorrect. The video of their interaction has been viewed over 4.2 million times.

"More people and more crime is committed and more people are killed with hammers every year than guns," the man told Selvig. "Look at the facts, that is true. Look it up, you can Google it."

"I will look that up. I don't think that's true actually," Selvig replied before pulling out his phone.

After a cut in the video, Selvig then begins explaining his findings to the man, referencing the findings by database company Statista.

"So the number of murder victims and the weapons used," Selvig said as he explained the data.

"Number one, handguns, 8,029. Number two, firearms—type not stated, 4,863. Number three, knives or cutting instruments [at 1,739]. Personal weapons, fists [and or] feet [at 662]. Then rifles at 455. Then blunt objects clubs, hammers at 393. The hammers, that stat is just wrong."

The man did not address the new stats presented to him and replied: "Back to your question, the Second Amendment is still my right and is still important to me."

"While most of the time the circumstances of murders in the U.S. remain unknown, homicides due to narcotics come in as the second most common circumstance," the Statista report said.

"[This makes] them more common than, for example, gang killings. Despite these gruesome facts, the violent crime rate has fallen significantly since 1990, and the United States is much safer than it was in the 1980s and 1990s," the report concluded.

Newsweek has contacted The Good Liars for comment.

While at the convention, Selvig also ridiculed NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre with a satirical speech that went viral.

"We spoke directly to Wayne LaPierre at the NRA Convention and thanked him for all his thoughts and prayers," said a post from Sunday featuring the video on The Good Liars' Twitter page. The video has so far been viewed over 9.3 million times.

Selvig sarcastically praised LaPierre for his "thoughts and prayers" following the latest mass shooting that occurred at Robb Elementary School last week in Uvalde, Texas.

Selvig also highlighted the many mass shootings that have occurred across the U.S. over the years and mocked the idea that what was needed now was more thoughts and prayers to prevent future incidents.

"They all say that Wayne LaPierre isn't doing enough to stop these mass shootings and even implying that Wayne LaPierre has played a part in making it easier for these shooters to get guns, to get weapons," Selvig said.

"You heard it after Las Vegas, you heard it after Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, you heard it after Columbine, you heard it after Parkland, you heard it after Virginia Tech, you heard it after El Paso, you heard it after Buffalo, you kept hearing that Wayne LaPierre isn't doing enough and frankly, that's not true.

"The NRA, under Wayne LaPierre's leadership has provided thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families and maybe these mass shootings would stop happening if we all thought a little bit more and prayed a little bit more."

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