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Conservative Commentator Blames Minorities for U.S. Gun Violence

A ‘Demographic Problem,’ Says Ann Coulter

by Zenitha Prince
Special to the AFRO

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Conservative commentator Ann Coulter suggests that minorities are the root of the nation’s gun violence problem.

Speaking Jan. 15 on Fox News’ “Hannity,” Coulter said she had just returned from England, and spoke dismissively about comparisons of that country’s low gun crime rate relative to the United States’. The difference, she suggested, could be explained by demographics.

"If you compare White populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium," Coulter said. "So perhaps it's not a gun problem, it is a demographic problem, which liberals are the ones pushing, pushing, pushing."

She continued sarcastically, "Let's get more Colin Fergusons and whoever the guy was who shot up Fort Hood. Why are they coming in [the U.S.] to begin with?"

On Dec. 7, 1993, Ferguson, who immigrated to the U.S. from Jamaica, shot and killed six persons and injured 19 others on a New York commuter train, in what became known as the Long Island Railroad Massacre.

Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is the accused perpetrator of the Nov. 5, 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, in which 13 people were killed and 32 were wounded.

The American-born Muslim of Palestinian descent had reportedly been harassed by other soldiers because of his religion, was outspoken in his opposition to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and had—according to relatives—tried to leave the Army. He is still awaiting trial and faces the death penalty if convicted.

Coulter also said that President Obama’s plan for banning extra capacity ammunition clips would not abate public shootings.

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