Ann Coulter isn’t known for picking her battles. Whenever the veteran right-wing provocatrice opens her mouth or takes to her Twitter or Facebook, you can take it to the bank that she will make herself look foolish.
Well, over the weekend, Coulter found herself writing a check she couldn’t cover once again. When she saw the National Rifle Association getting pummeled on Twitter for trying to wag its finger at doctors speaking out for gun control, she was swiftly put in her place.
In recent years, some of the fiercest advocates for common-sense reform of our gun laws have been the doctors who all too often find themselves treating victims of gun violence. Well, that didn’t sit too well with the NRA. The so-called civil rights organization threw a Twitter tantrum on the day after its Republican friends lost control of the House.
If the NRA believed it could cow doctors in the same way it cows politicians, it had another think coming. A number of doctors took to Twitter to remind the NRA that they have every right to speak up about gun violence–and aren’t about to shut up.
In a case of exceptionally bad timing, the NRA’s finger-wagging tweet went live just hours before a man shot and killed 12 people at a nightclub in Thousand Oaks, California. It says a lot about the NRA that this tweet wasn’t taken down.
By the time the week was out, the hashtags “#ItsOurLane” and “#ThisIsOurLane” were heavily trending on Twitter.
Several doctors who support gun control even started a Twitter account of their own, “@ThisIsOurLane.”
You would have thought that Coulter would have seen this smackdown playing out in real time and thought better about weighing in. But Ann couldn’t resist. She hit the ceiling when forensic pathologist Judy Melinek laid into the NRA.
Coulter responded by trying to tell Melinek how to do her job.
Emergency room doctor Rick Pescatore wasted little time cutting Coulter down to size.
Cat London, a family doctor who has already thrown her hat in the ring to challenge Susan Collins in the Senate, decided to pile on.
Trauma surgeon and Dallas SWAT team member Alex Eastman wondered whether Coulter really knew what she was talking about.
Eastman later told The Dallas Morning News that while he carries a gun on a daily basis, he is “100 percent anti-bullet hole.” To his mind, the NRA’s snappish response proves that it has no place in “the mature, scientific, educated and rational conversation about how to make this country a more safe place to live.” Presumably, he’s of the same mind about Coulter.
But then again, we knew that a long time ago. After all, the NRA is the spokesman for the nation’s gun manufacturers, most of whom are privately owned. So when the NRA wagged its finger at the nation’s doctors, it was doing so on behalf of faceless men who are not accountable to anyone. Perhaps Coulter should have considered that before she got the bright idea to come to the NRA’s defense.
So once again, Coulter opened her mouth, inserted her foot–and paid a stiff price. Word to the wise, Ann. Don’t get in battles that you can’t win.
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