FACT CHECK: Constipation Does Not Kill More People Than Rifles in the US

INSTAGRAM CLAIM: Rifles killed 297 people in the U.S. in 2022, while constipation killed 2,167.

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. This statistic uses FBI data from 2018 for the first figure and cumulative Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data from a period of 15 years for the second. Neither agency has released data for 2022 on the number of people killed in the U.S. by either cause, but 2020 figures show at least 455 were murdered by rifle that year while deaths due to constipation were less than half of that.

According to the FBI’s 2018 Crime in the United States report, 297 people were murdered with rifles that year. The latest available figures in the FBI’s Crime Data Explorer puts that number at 447 in 2021, and 455 in 2020. Further, the FBI data separately lists thousands of additional murders for both of those years involving guns that have not been classified by type and it is possible some of these involved rifles.

Figures from the CDC show that a total of 2,167 people were killed by constipation from 1999 through 2014. The condition killed only 207 in 2020, the last year for which data is available, and 198 in 2018.

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