Fact Check: Congresswoman Madeleine Dean floor speech about gun violence .

Congresswoman Madeleine delivered a speech and about gun violence in the Congress   she claimed the following :

Congresswoman Madeleine Dean on Twitter

Today, I offered a one-minute floor speech about our national conversation around gun violence. “Student activists have marched, organized, and insisted that we take our safety seriously” Passing #HR8 and #HR1112 can do so. #EndGunViolence https://t.co/mumor95rJR

Claim 1: 

” 97% of Americans support [gun] background checks”

Fact Check 1: True

U.S. House of Representative member Madeleine Dean is referring to a February 20, 2018 national telephone poll by Quinnipiac which asked respondents two days after the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, FL: “Do you support or oppose requiring background checks for all gun buyers?”

It should be noted that the shootings Dean refers to in her speech “Since Parkland, Thousand Oaks, and so many others” would not have been prevented had this bill been enacted years ago since, the Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz and the Thousand Oaks gunman Ian David Long both passed a background check in order to legally purchase the guns he used in those shootings. Looking further at the January 14, 2019 national telephone poll by Quinnipiac, that was not conducted days after a well publicized shooting the support for background checks has fallen by several percent this year to the lowest it has been since 2014 when Quinnipiac started asking this question with a total of 92% that support background checks.

Additionally, only private sellers in some states are allowed to sell guns without conducting a background check. The total percentage of guns purchased without going through a background check has reduced from 40% in 1994, to 13% in 2015 according to a study by researchers from Northeastern and Harvard universities Firearm Acquisition Without Background Checks: Results of a National Survey and this number has no doubt reduced even further due to an increasing number of states recently enacting laws requiring background checks on private seller gun sales. According to the FBI National Instance Criminal Background Check System a total number of 23,141,970 background checks were completed in 2015.

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