Conservative pundit Ann Coulter, when speaking on Fox News with Sean Hannity, decided to draw a comparison between gun ownership rights and abortion rights.
Ann Coulter, known as a conservative pundit and firebrand, spoke out on Fox News with Sean Hannity on Thursday Night. A known conservative contributor, let alone to Fox News, Coulter spoke out on gun rights and decided to draw a parallel between that and abortion rights. This stems from the controversial move made by Journal News which is a suburban newspaper in New York City. As Digital Journal reports, Journal News “kicked the hornet's nest” by publishing an interactive map that showed the names of people with gun permits in Westchester and Rockland counties. In short, many people were angered at the infringement of people's privacy. In response, it was reported that Journal News hired security guards for protection.
This comes in response to the growing debate on gun control legislation which reignited due to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School which is dubbed as the second deadliest shooting in United States history. This is deemed more severe due to the fact that most of the victims were just young children. Due to the circumstances, it has set off a brutal political domino effect on the issue of guns.
When talking about the move made by Journal News, Coulter decided to take “a hand for a hand and an eye for an eye approach.” This can also be considered a “tit-for-tat” response. She talked about criminals first and said that since gun permit holders are not criminals, their records shouldn't be made available in the first place. From there, Coulter demanded that the following lists be made out to the public as she deems that are criminal. The one list that Coulter demanded which comes off as a firebrand move is that of all the women who had abortions.
Coulter talked about how they should get a public record of all the women who had abortions. She talked about how they get money from Planned Parenthood, Medicare, and Medicaid. In her justification of this list, Coulter said that mothers and other people need to know who may be willing to kill children. With that respect, Coulter decided to use the gun debate to talk about abortion rights. It's back to the same old argument that “abortion is murder.”
So far, this is the first time that someone has publicly decided to draw a parallel between gun rights and abortion rights. A Salon article, briefly talking about Coulter's comparison between the two, points out to an article dated back to December 2012 about Rupert Murdoch. It was reported that Rupert Murdoch called forth for tighter gun control laws. Murdoch is the owner of News Corp which owns the Fox News Network in turn who Coulter is a contributor to.
For pro-choice and women's rights advocates that might be listening, what Coulter said could provide powerful ammunition. A Slate article reports that conservatives aren't going to win “the war on women.” The reason is that the pro-choice side is winning the “culture war” as the culture of the United States is changing.