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Parkland student calls for confiscation of all semi-auto guns — then she gets hit with fact check

Parkland student calls for confiscation of all semi-auto guns — then she gets hit with fact check

Emma Gonzalez calls for the confiscation of all semi-auto firearms and claims mass shooting only happen in America. Then she gets hit with a fact check. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It didn’t take long for famed-student Emma Gonzalez, from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, to use Sunday’s massacre at a Tennessee Waffle House to blast the National Rifle Association and guns while advocating for more gun control.

But her statement didn’t hold up to facts — and she was called out for it.

What did she say?

In a series of tweets, Gonzalez, who became the face of gun control after the tragic shooting at her school, attacked the NRA and called for the confiscation of all semi-automatic firearms.

 

(1/4) He was white and he used an AR-15. The @NRA is about to say this man had mental health issues, so that the rest of us will get scared of anyone with poor mental health and buy a gun in preemptive defense so that gun sales increase. Shootings don’t just happen in schools, https://twitter.com/fox29philly/status/988002688800645120 

 

 
 

 

 

(2/4) they happen everywhere in America, and now one has happened in Waffle House. You can donate all the shooting shelters to schools that you want, but at the end of the day, we can’t build our world out of Kevlar - someone is making Mad Money off that.

 

 
 

 

 
 

(3/4) The local police say a man at the scene wrestled his gun away - looks like you don’t need to arm a teacher (or a resource officer) to stop a shooting. There goes the sales pitch for @SmithWessonCorp 🤷‍♀️

 

 
 

 

 

(4/4) Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.

 

 

 
 

 

She also warned that “mass shootings occur in churches, in schools, at concerts, in waffle houses — just about anywhere. Except in other countries.”

 

The FBI defines a mass shooting as 4 people killed (not including the shooter). Mass shootings occur in churches, in schools, at concerts, in waffle houses - just about anywhere. Except in other countries.

 

 

 
 

 

Now the fact check

It was Gonzalez’s claim that mass shootings do not happen in other countries that earned her a fact check from Ryan Saavedra, a reporter for The Daily Wire.

In fact, mass shootings do happen in other countries, including the top six most deadly shooting massacres in history, Saavedra explained:
https://twitter.com/RealSaavedra/status/988131752051851264

Did other Parkland students chime in?

Yes. Other prominent MSD students, such as Delaney Tarr and Jaclyn Corin, tweeted about the Waffle House massacre to bring attention to gun control or blame it on AR-15s.

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