US presidential hopeful Ted Cruz’s claim sexual assaults on women in Australia went up significantly after strict gun laws were introduced has been challenged, The Washington Post is reporting.
Cruz made international headlines after saying on high-profile American radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show on January 12 that “Australia’s post-Port Arthur massacre gun legislation meant women were unable to defend themselves from being raped”.
‘And as you know, Hugh, after Australia did that (gun buyback program), the rate of sexual assaults, the rate of rapes, went up significantly, because women were unable to defend themselves,’ Mr Cruz told the radio host.
‘There’s nothing that criminals or terrorists like more than unarmed victims.’
Conservative Republican candidate Mr Cruz is Donald Trump’s biggest rival for the Republican presidential nomination.
However The Washington Post’s Fact Checker column examined Mr Cruz’s comment and rated it a ‘whopper’ of a factual error, the highest rating on its ‘Pinocchio Test’.