(CNSNews.com) – Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver tweeted recently that she’s taking “a Glock .45 to the ladies room” to protect herself against men who may use recent LGBT laws allowing people to use restrooms according to their gender identity.
Target’s announced recently that people can use its restrooms and changing areas according to their gender identity. As a result, the American Family Association launched a boycott of the retail chain.
On April 22, Staver tweeted: “I’m taking a Glock .45 to the ladies room. It identifies as my bodyguard. #BoycottTarget @Target.”
“This is a tweet you put out… It’s kind of funny. Even liberals get the joke, but anybody in that room is going to be more in danger by a gun going off accidentally than some alleged predator,” Fox News’ Alan Colmes told Staver in an interview on Tuesday.
“Well nobody’s going into Target with a gun,” she said, “and that’s precisely why women need to avoid Target, because they’re going to be more in danger, and properly trained women taking a concealed handgun shopping with them to prepare for predators that might be in the restroom is just commonsense.”
Colmes asked where there have been “increased incidences of predators or crime because of those laws.”
The Liberty Counsel has “a list of at least 20 different crimes that have been committed by predators in Target restrooms alone,” Staver said. She plans to post the list on the Liberty Counsel website.
“We’re also pointing to the fact that just in order to prepare and save one person, it’s certainly worth getting armed and getting prepared, and it doesn’t take lots and lots of incidences to make women need to be sure to be prepared. It only takes you one if you’re a woman. I don’t want them to be a victim like I was. I was a victim of an attempted assault,” Staver said.
“I’m very sorry to hear that. I’m very sorry that happened to you, but the question is whether or not these laws have led to increased incidents of assault and in state after state…they’ve all said, statements from those states: no additional incidents since laws in those states have gone into effect, so it seems like it’s a solution in search of a problem,” Colmes said.
The problem is that Target has advertised its policy, which has lets predators know “that women are easy prey in these places,” Staver said.
“It doesn’t matter if there was 100 women or 1,000 women. I just needed to tell people they need to be prepared and to make sure that they do boycott Target, because it’s a dangerous place,” she said.
“Look, Target was the one that actually put a bullseye on the women by highly publicizing this policy, and that’s caused predators who go around in these different states in the country and target women, and I think women need to be prepared,” Staver added.
“What they’re doing is they’re complying with the same laws in all of these states that I just mentioned, and again in those states, no increased incidences of predators in bathrooms. You know there already are laws against predators in bathrooms, so if somebody’s doing that, it’s already against the law,” Colmes said.
“But they’re actually letting more people into them regardless of what they look like. There was a man who called himself Colleen up in Washington state who used these laws to go into a women’s locker room and expose himself to a girls’ swim team,” Staver pointed out.
“Well that’s gonna happen,” Colmes said.
“And there was nothing that anybody could do about it, and the girls had to go use a different locker room,” Staver said.
“Well sadly these incidents happen, but it’s not because of these transgender laws, and as a matter of fact, if you go into a ladies’ room, if you’re a woman, you go into a stall. The only way someone’s gonna know anything about your anatomy is if they’re looking over the stall. You’re in an enclosed environment in the ladies room, right?” Colmes asked.
“No, have you been in there and seen the cracks between the stalls? Staver asked. “You can see around the doorways in many cases. You can certainly put a camera down, and some guys were caught for having cameras, cell phone cameras directed at another stall. It just lets these people in, and nobody will alert the police anymore when they see a guy going into the restroom.”
Staver said she’s seen two videos of men “going up to Target and asking – and they’re not dressed like women – they’re just asking can I go in there, and they were let in.”
“Aren’t you asking for trouble even by making this an issue?” Colmes asked.
“I think it’s already an issue. We need to bring the spotlight onto it for women, and let them know there’s a solution: Get armed. Get trained, and only shop at the places where you can legally carry,” Staver concluded.