Ann Coulter Defends Gun Rights After West Texas Mass Shooting, Suggests 'Skinny, Defenseless Girls' Need the Protection

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter this weekend defended gun rights by suggesting that "skinny, defenseless girls" need firearms to protect themselves, just one day after a mass shooting in West Texas left seven dead and 22 others injured.

Coulter on Sunday weighed in on a Twitter discussion about gun control in the wake of the deadly West Texas massacre, which began at around 3:15 p.m. local time on Saturday afternoon after the shooter was reportedly pulled over by state troopers between Odessa and Midland.

"We'd all be better off had guns never been invented—but they were. They exist," American conservative blogger and activist Brandon Darby tweeted earlier today. "Also, many of us live in areas with 25 min police response times. No way I'm giving up my firearms. Just can't happen."

In response, Coulter tweeted: "Skinny, defenseless girls, incapable of defending themselves with their fists are VERY happy guns were invented."

Coulter, who has previously defended the Second Amendment on numerous occasions, on Sunday also retweeted an image of herself holding a gun at what appears to be a shooting range. The post was originally shared by Twitter user @Jeep_Owner2015.

Shortly after news of the West Texas mass shooting broke on Saturday, Americans began flooding social media with calls for tougher gun control measures. The weekend attack occurred just one month after a gunman opened fire in Dayton, Ohio, killing nine with an assault weapon and another stormed a Walmart in El Paso, Texas, leaving 22 people dead and dozens more injured.

Former Texas congressman and 2020 presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke demanded Capitol Hill politicians enact stricter gun control laws rather than offer "thoughts and prayers" during an appearance on CNN's State of the Union on Sunday.

"The rhetoric that we've used, the 'thoughts and prayers' that you'd just referred to, it has done nothing to stop the epidemic of gun violence," O'Rourke said. "To protect our kids, our families, our fellow Americans in public places. At a Walmart in El Paso where 22 were killed. In Sutherland Springs, in a church. One or two a day all over this country. A hundred killed daily in the United States of America. We're averaging about 300 mass shootings a year. No other country comes close."

"We need to buy back every single assault weapon," he later added in a tweet.

In response, political commentator and gun rights advocate John Lott. Jr. tweeted: "@BetoORourke, could u pls explain how banning guns based on their looks helps? Over 80% of the #masspublicshootings (MPS) involve either exclusively handguns or handguns with another weapon." Coulter later retweeted Lott Jr.'s post.

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File photo: Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter delivers remarks to the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Marriott Wardman Park February 10, 2012 in Washington, DC. Coulter on Sunday defended gun rights after a mass shooting in West Texas left seven dead this weekend. Chip Somodevilla/Getty
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