BREITWEISER: I would say this -- first of all, we went to Washington because we wanted answers. We wanted to know that we were safer. And specifically because we had children who had lost their dads. We wanted them to know that they were going to be safer in this country. We wanted them to know that it was not acceptable for planes to fly into buildings.
You know, I really respectfully hope nothing ever happens to Ann Coulter so that she knows what it's like to be so impassioned by your loss that you will not relent, you will not yield, you will not give up until you have answers and the truth and you know that something good comes out of something so horrible.
And I think if you look at legislation that has come from people who are victims -- whether it's Megan's Law or the Amber Alert -- you know, specific example, children with diabetes, cancer, all of that comes out of people who have suffered a loss and want to make something good from it.
KING: We're back with Kristen Breitweiser. Give a little history of this letter.
BREITWEISER: You know, Ann Coulter I guess started...
KING: I mean, this is a letter that you wrote to her. You wrote her a letter?
BREITWEISER: Yes. I wrote a letter in response, simply because I wanted to set the record straight, and I was concerned about the main statement that she was making, that victims and any American doesn't have a right to voice their opinion.
KING: Let's hear a part of it.
BREITWEISER: "You branded the Jersey girls media whores, a bunch of celebrity-seeking widows who enjoyed their husbands' deaths. Had your friends, including many elected officials in the Republican Party and conservatives in Washington, not put up a fight -- and a very nasty fight at that -- we wouldn't have needed to raise public awareness through the media. So if you want to blame anyone for our appearances on television, you should blame your own coterie, not us. We simply wanted to inform the nation about what needed to be done, and we still intend to do that."
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KING: Are you, the Jersey girls, still a force?
BREITWEISER: We'll always be a force.
KING: Do you talk to each other a lot?
BREITWEISER: Yes. And I think that as long as there's work to be done, we will be out there doing it. And there's nothing more that we'd love to not have to have work to do. But unfortunately, at this point, there's an awful lot of work to be done.
KING: And how'd you come to write the book?
BREITWEISER: Literally? I mean, you know, listen, I thought going to Washington was a very eye-opening experience. It was not what I expected to find. It's not like eighth grade social studies. And I wanted more than anything for people, the American public, to realize that our interests are not being looked out for in Washington. And I think that the time has come that, as an American public, we need to be better educated and more engaged in all issues, not just national security but every issue that faces this country. And that's our responsibility as American citizens.