Did Ann Coulter REALLY tell Faux News ‘personality’ Sean Hannity that since newspapers are publishing gun owners’ names and addresses, they should do the same for women who’ve had abortions? Of course she did. Coulter explained, “mothers might want to know what other women on their street might be willing to murder a child.” Eeeeeyikes! How irresponsible of me — as a mother — to move into our neighborhood without first looking for the tell-tale signs of murderous women on the prowl with bloody coat hangers concealed in their capacious tote bags waiting for the right opportunity to perform a retroactive abortion on my 10-year-old. What could I have been thinking?
Of course, what Coulter is really trying to do is create a false equivalence between a gun owner’s right to privacy and a woman’s right to privacy, thereby attacking the Supreme Court’s historic 1973 Roe vs. Wade decision, which affirmed the legality of abortion based on a woman’s fundamental right to privacy, “whether it be founded in the Fourteenth Amendment’s concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action, as we feel it is, or, as the district court determined, in the Ninth Amendment’s reservation of rights to the people, is broad enough to encompass a woman’s decision whether or not to terminate her pregnancy.
Alas, this contorted logic probably makes sense on the strange and scary planet that is CoulterWorld. Coulter also Hannity on the January 3rd segment of his ongoing defense of gun culture:
- Publishing the names of gun owners is dangerous, because now “criminals know whose house they can home invade.” – By Coulter’s logic, burglars will target homes unprotected by guns. Yet, any crime prevention site can tell you that the best protection against break-ins are installing a security system and getting to know your neighbors (the main premise behind community-based crime prevention programs like Neighborhood Watch). According to SafeguardTheWorld.com, “homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.” Furthermore, a whopping 47% of burglaries in the United States occur in the gun-loving south, compared with only 11% in the non-gun culture northeast.
- Home invasions are “10 times higher in Britain that in this country, because there’s no private gun ownership.” – First of all, remember that Faux News loves to instill fear and loathing in its audiences. The term fear-mongering term “home invasion” conjures up images of tattooed, AK-47 wielding Crips and Bloods kicking in your door and forcing you to disgorge grandma’s pearls and other valuables from your safe at gunpoint, but actually refers to all home burglaries, including run-of-the-mill breaking and entering. Sure, having your home broken into and valuables stolen is unpleasant and definitely makes one feel like they’ve been invaded … but the majority of break-ins do not result in violence. Second of all, rising crime in Great Britain has made headlines. Yet, the data are six years old (due to “difficulties in obtaining accurate comparable figures”), and have been attributed to shorter jail times for criminals, not lack of guns.
- “You’re much better off as a burglar, burglarizing a home when the people are there … their wallets are out, their keys are out, you can find out where the safe is …” – Yet, according to ProtectYourHome.com, the majority of burglaries take place between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when most people aren’t home. Burglars prefer easy targets, and the average break-in takes only 90 seconds to 12 minutes.
- “And they also know people who live in Westchester County and work in Manhattan … when they are commuting to New York [City], they can’t bring their gun. That’s when you break in and steal the gun.” – But … wait a minute, I thought Coulter said burglars preferred breaking in when people are home, so they can steal wallets and get the combination to the safe. Now, I’m confused.
- “The one policy that [prevents] shootings is concealed-carry permits.” – Oh, please, not that old, decrepit, and widely debunked ‘study’ by John Lott and David Mustard again!
- “Why aren’t we getting names of paroled criminals? People with gun permits — by definition — do not have criminal records.” – Um … but what about all those people with access to guns who DON’T have gun permits because of lax enforcement and lack of at-home gun safety measures?
- “I mean, in New York City, you can’t take a subway without somebody being pushed onto the tracks.” – Say WHAT? Out of more than 8.2 million residents, over 50 million tourists per year, and 7.6 million daily commuters using public transit each day, only 146 people were hit by subway trains in 2011.
- “Every public, multiple shooting since 1950 — with the exception of one — has been in a gun-free zone. The only exception was Gabrielle Giffords.” This is true, but could as easily serve for not allowing anyone to have guns as for allowing everyone to have guns.
Coulter also calls for the following:
- Prohibiting liberal celebrities making more than $200K per year from hiring armed body guards so they can “be as defenseless as the rest of us;”
- Standing up to the “hysterical women” who are coming to “take our guns away,” so crazy people will no longer be free to “walk the streets of Manhattan” and “defecate in the streets;”
- Reducing single motherhood, which is “definitely a contributing factor in some of these cases” of crazy people going on shooting sprees (Coulter is unclear as to whether the shooting sprees happen before or after the crazy people roam around New York City and defecating in the streets)’
- Stop allowing women seeking abortions to “get money from Planned Parenthood, [...], Medicare, and Medicaid.”
Sigh. 2013’s already shaping up to be a really long year.
Here’s the video, courtesy of Mediaite.com:
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