Ann Coulter says that gun control laws are inherently racist and that the solution to incidents like the shooting of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin is more “negroes with guns.”
On Tuesday, Coulter used Martin’s shooting to argue against gun control laws and said that every African American should arm themselves against the “Democratic Ku Klux Klan.”
“We don’t know the facts yet, but let’s assume the conclusion MSNBC is leaping to is accurate: George Zimmerman stalked a small black child and murdered him in cold blood, just because he was black,” Coulter wrote in a column titled “Negroes with Guns.”
“If that were true, every black person in America should get a gun and join the National Rifle Association, America’s oldest and most august civil rights organization.”
Coulter later told Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that “gun control laws have been used historically to keep guns out of the hands of blacks.”
“It was the Republican Party and the NRA that has always supported arming blacks in order to protect themselves from the Democratic Ku Klux Klan,” she explained.
O’Reilly summed up Coulter’s argument: “So what you’re saying is if MSNBC’s and NBC News’ hypothesis is true that this was a racially-biased driven murder, that all African Americans should take that as a warning sign and arm themselves against that happening to them. Therefore, they should support the NRA, they should support he the law that allows you to fight back if threatened and they should arm themselves.”
“Yes,” Coulter agreed. “And the reason I thought of it is because liberals are leaping to exactly the opposite conclusion that, ‘Oh, we have to get rid of these Stand Your Ground laws.’ They’re against easy issuing of concealed carry permits. As well as I point out in my column, Martin Luther King Jr., a Christian minister under constant death threats, applied for a gun permit after his house was fire bombed and the Alabama authorities, under the discretionary gun permit law, said, ‘No. No, this Christian minister is not suitable for a gun permit.’ That’s how discretionary permits work.”
“The history books will often try and twist the history by referring to the KKK and the racist as Southerners. Oh, no, no, no. The Republicans in the South weren’t discriminatory. … The one thing all of the discriminators and the KKK sympathizers — or KKK themselves — had in common was they were all Democrats.”
“I think you’ve go a very good point here,” O’Reilly observed. “Is the left really that concerned about Trayvon Martin or are they concerned, once again, ramming their agenda no matter what it is under the throats of the American people under the guise of being sympathetic towards this poor teenager and his family?”
Earlier this month, Harvard Professor Charles Ogletree pointed out that measures like Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law were racist in practice.
“Just think about changing the race,” Ogletree said. “I want to see the first black man who uses the ‘Stand Your Ground’ defense and see if it works. I want to see the first white victim of the ‘Stand Your Ground’ by a black defendant and see if it works.”
Watch to the video below from Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor, broadcast April 20, 2012.