At the debate in Iowa, Hillary Clinton said, "Since we last debated in Las Vegas, nearly 3,000 people have been killed by guns."
We found a few problems with her statement. First, we don’t actually know how many people have died in the last month. Clinton’s statement is based on 2013 data from the CDC, which tallied nearly 3,000 gun deaths per month that year. There’s not more recent data available. Experts say the number of gun deaths this year is likely to be similar to or higher than 2015, so Clinton’s claim is probably not too far off. But we can’t know for sure.
Also, it’s likely that at roughly half of these deaths are due to suicide. It could be even higher. Clinton’s phrasing obscures that point.
Clinton used very specific language even though she’s actually extrapolating from old data. Overall, we rate her claim Half True.