Sen. Ted Cruz tried to slip deceptive statistics by Chris Cuomo on Wednesday — but the CNN host shut him down quickly with a live, on-air fact check.
In making an argument against gun restrictions, Cruz tried to claim that the places with the most amount of gun control are also the places with the highest number of gun-related deaths.
“The places with the toughest gun control laws, cities like Chicago, Washington DC, they almost invariably have the highest crime rates, the highest murder rates,” Cruz said.
“No, that’s not true,” interjected Cuomo. “The Giffords Center analysis says that states that have the strictest gun control laws have the lowest rates of gun deaths. Just as a recent example, look at Connecticut, look how they brought the numbers down.”
Cruz objected to Cuomo’s statements and said that the Giffords Center, which advocates for stricter rules on gun ownership, was not a trustworthy source of information. Cuomo then flipped the tables on Cruz and asked him to cite his own sources.
“Where are you citing them from — the NRA?” Cuomo asked. “Where are you getting them from?”
There was a brief silence — and then Cruz quickly tried to change the subject.
Watch the whole video below.