COLORADO SPRINGS, CO, February 19, 2013 — In the legislative debate justifying taking away concealed carry from university students, Colorado Representative Joe Salazar (D-31) said that women don’t need guns.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” says Salazar.
It is a proven fact that safe zones prevent rape.
Furthermore, he strongly implied that women don’t know how to use guns and would pull them out at the least provocation and shoot wildly, possibly hitting innocent bystanders: “if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”
At anybody, apparently. Isn’t it odd that women cops using handguns are all over television shows these days, but real women can’t be trusted to handle them?
In one sense, though, he’s right. Owning a gun is not enough. One must practice with it, know how to use it, and in the last resort, be willing to use it. Responsible gun owners know this. They know that having a concealed carry permit carries with it responsibility. The state already mandates training before issuing a permit.
Yet Mr. Salazar would take away—indeed, has already voted to take away—the citizen of Colorado’s right to make that decision for him or herself when on campus. Mr. Salazar is smarter than the Students for Concealed Carry who fought last year and won the right to carry concealed on college campuses in Colorado. Mr. Salazar knows what’s best for us.
Silly citizen: guns are for government.
In his “apology” for his remarks, he said he was “deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.” In other words, he’s not sorry for what he said, he’s only sorry if someone was offended.
He said he has two beautiful daughters and he implies that his paternity makes him a sensitive expert on rape and self-defense. His daughters would be better served by being taught how to shoot.
Instead, people like Mr. Salazar advocate a sort of passive defense like the one advocated by the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Their website had a page with ten suggestions of how to defend yourself if attacked, a reminder from a class they offer.
The Ten Tips have actually been removed from their website, so here they are:
1. Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
2. Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
3. Kick off your shoes if you have time and can’t run in them.
4. Don’t take time to look back; just get away.
5. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
6. Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
7. Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
8. Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
9. Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
10. Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
If these tips are so good, one wonders why they have been removed.
There are some good ideas in the list, and likely some more good ones in the class. The last tip is the best and the most appropriate action is to draw your firearm and warn the attacked that you will use it if necessary. Often, that’s enough.
Alternatively, you could try to vomit.
Apparently people like Mr. Salazar believe that’s a more reliable and preferable method of defense since they are more than willing to deprive you of a firearm. And after all, aren’t most college women bulimic anyway?
As for urinating, well, squids eject ink and skunks spray their “perfume” when threatened, so why not?
Would he also give that advice to young men who are assaulted? Does Mr. Salazar believe that only women are the victims of crime on campus or that only women are incapable of handling firearms?
The arrogance of these legislators is as stunning as their lack of respect for the citizenry and our constitutional rights. This is how they repay students for voting for them?
The citizenry, however, will have the last word. They will not forget. Actions to hold these would-be rulers accountable are already under way.
When people like Mr. Salazar assault the constitutional rights of citizens, the results are unpredictable. Be forewarned, Mr. Legislator: they might squirt ink all over you. Or worse, they might inform you that your services are no longer required.
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