Colo. Lawmaker: Armed Women Might Shoot Someone Just Because 'You Feel Like You're Going To Be Raped'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | February 19, 2013 | 10:08 AM EST

Rep. Joe Salazar (D.-Colo.) took the gun control debate to a whole new level while arguing why college students should be disarmed. Salazar said that, just because a woman may feel like she is going to be raped, that doesn't mean it's actually going to happen--so that woman shouldn't risk shooting someone by carrying a gun.

Salazar says (video from RevealingPolitics):

"There are some gender inequities on college campuses, this is true, and universities have been faced with that situation for a long time. It's why we have call boxes, it's why we have safe zones, it's why we have the whistles. Because you just don't know who you're going to be shooting at. And you don't know if you feel like you're going to be raped, or if you feel like someone's been following you around or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop, pop a round at somebody."

As Dana Loesch notes at Red State, he has since apologized after the initial backlash from his comments. However, she brings up a legitimate point. Dana writes:

"If Salazar was truly sensitive to the dangers we face then he would understand how statistics do not work in our favor - unless we level the playing field by exercising our Second Amendment right. Salazar also doesn't explain his insinuation that women basically ditzes who are incapable of proper reasoning and capable of handling firearms, in fact, he backhandedly defends it by saying it was a justifiable example for his prejudice against women's defense.

"Salazar claims to have a record of defending women's rights but his actions to disenfranchise them of their Second Amendment rights are completely contradictory to that claim. One in four collegiate women report rape and one in five are raped. Salazar wants to deprive women of their right to defense with these odds? Just blow your rape whistles and pray that an attacker represents the "safe zone" boundaries? The best apology is a reversal of his war on women."

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