Ann Coulter’s column today speaks of liberal victimhood, the act of playing victim in order to achieve goals and oppress others. In it she mentions the victim Caroline McCarthy, a New York U.S. Representative whose husband and son were shot to death on the Long Island Railroad in 1993. She has since been a strong advocate for banning gun ownership.
This of course makes a great opportunity to win the hearts and minds of people by thrusting your trials and tribulations on others in order to win their advocacy. But Coulter points out that when McCarthy says she is a voice for victims, she may actually be creating more victims.
Colin Ferguson’s shooting spree wasn’t stopped sooner because none of the passengers had guns. As has been demonstrated beyond dispute at this point, armed citizens save lives.
In a comprehensive study of all public multiple shooting incidents in America between 1977 and 1999, economists John Lott and Bill Landes found that the only public policy that reduced both the incidence and casualties of such shootings were concealed-carry laws. Not only are there 60 percent fewer gun massacres after states adopt concealed-carry laws, but the death and injury rate of such rampages are reduced by 80 percent.
Rep. McCarthy claims to “speak for the victims” by promoting policies that will provably create a lot more victims.
For those of us who are on the front lines fighting to protect our Second Amendment rights, we have realized for some time that victimhood has been a giant tool so often used to fight gun ownership. Nearly every anti-gun bill presented has the name of a victim on it. After all, it’s a little hard to call someone out who has been a victim.