The conservative columnist on Monday told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the country had a “demographic problem” because “white populations” in the U.S. and Belgium had the same low murder rate.
“As you know, I just got back from England,” Coulter explained. “On the gun crimes, we keep hearing how low they are in Europe and, ‘Oh, they’re so low and they have no guns.’ If you compare white populations, we have the same murder rate as Belgium.”
According to the website Gun Policy, Belgium had 46 gun-related homicides in 2005; the US had 11,101. There are 10 million white Belgians, and 220 million white Americans. If black Americans account for about 50 percent of all gun-related homicides (a figure white supremacists love to point out), that would mean there were around 5000 white gun-related deaths in the US in 2005. But if white America had the same murder rate as Belgium, the number of gun-related homicides would be about 1000 for 220 million. You get the picture. Coulter is nuts. And then there is this....
Guns offer equal opportunity tragedies. More than 8,000 white Americans had to be treated for nonfatal gun injuries in 2008. Eighty percent of those who commit suicide with a gun are white males. The gun that the suburban family buys to protect itself from "thugs killing thugs" ends up killing its own: One important new study finds that a gun kept in the house is 43 times more likely to kill a household member than to be used in self-defense.