Non-war gun deaths higher in U.S. than in many democracies

A common argument for stricter gun control in the United States is that the rates of gun violence are much higher than in other countries because other countries have stricter gun control laws. Is this true? The Observatory compares the United States’ gun laws with those of other democracies including Japan, United Kingdom, Canada. Brazil and India.

Verified

Wisconsin’s rate of lead poisoning worse than Flint, Michigan’s

Flint, Michigan, the city known for its contaminated water crisis, has something in common with Wisconsin — childhood lead poisoning. According to Wisconsin U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore of Milwaukee, the proportion of children with elevated blood lead levels among Wisconsin’s children has risen close to those of Flint. The Observatory verified this claim.

Great Lakes water diversion for Foxconn plant explained, debated

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has approved the diversion of 7 million gallons of water a day to be used primarily for the proposed Foxconn plant. Critics question whether the diversion complies with the Great Lakes Compact, which restricts use of Lake Michigan water outside of the lake’s basin.

Verified

Sen. Ron Johnson wants troops at the Mexican border. Do we need them?

Wisconsin U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson supports President Donald Trump’s move to add troops to the southern border with Mexico to intercept unauthorized immigrants and drugs. Johnson cited a shortage of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents. The Observatory finds his claim that the Border Patrol does suffer from attrition Verified, but finds his claim about the need for more agents Unobservable.

Mostly True

Mayor’s claim about gun violence may be off, but stats still alarming

Democratic gubernatorial candidate and Madison Mayor Paul Soglin claimed, “The latest statistics demonstrated that if there is a firearm available, it is 17 times more likely to be used either for suicide or for assaulting a friend, relative an acquaintance than it is to be used in fending off an intruder.” The Observatory rates his claim as Mostly True.