NRA’s LaPierre’s Senate Testimony Based On Bad Math
Wayne LaPierre claimed that fatal firearm accidents are at the lowest level in 100 years, but that figure can’t be substantiated.
According to the NRA that claim is based on Center for Disease Control data of fatal injury reports. What the NRA doesn’t say is that the NRA’s lobbying efforts have helped defund the CDC by about 96 percent since the mid-1990s.
In fact, the CDC explicitly warns on its page of fatal injury reports that data from 1999 and after cannot be compared to years prior:
The coding of mortality data changed significantly in 1999, so you may not be able to compare number of deaths and death rates from 1998 and before with data from 1999 and after.