Katie Kieffer

Women should be allowed to carry concealed firearms on college campuses. Instead, President Obama favors Gun Free Zones, which endanger women’s health.

One in five female college students are sexually assaulted or raped according to a new report issued last week by the White House Council on Women and Girls. Declaring that sexual assault “affects every one of us,” Obama picked up his pen and signed a piece of paper (a “memorandum”) calling for the creation of a campus rape response task force.

Sure, this token effort could help Obama’s party appeal to female voters during a midterm election year. Or, Obama’s memorandum could give 2016 Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton (shhhhh, nobody knows!) something to strut about as she tours the country promoting her “No Ceilings” project to bring abuses against women “out of the shadows.”

But what real good will a memorandum or initiative do if it doesn’t include arming women? Young women are sexually assaulted on college campuses in part because college campuses are “Gun Free Zones.”

An unscrupulous college student who is looking for a one night stand can easily take advantage of a drunk or high college student at a party. He knows that her sober friends or DD (designated driver) won’t be armed or able to protect her if he can get her alone for ten minutes.

Alternatively, a non-student sex offender could prowl college campuses looking for easy, unarmed targets. This is exactly what happened to Amanda Collins, a concealed carry permit holder, who was raped at gunpoint in a Gun Free Zone. Collins is a living testimony to the fact that Obama’s gun control policy renders women defenseless and more susceptible to sexual assault and rape. She told Fox News, “I was legislated into being a victim.”

During her senior year of college at the University of Nevada Reno in October of 2007, Collins was walking back to her vehicle in a parking garage after a night class. She told Fox News that she was: “less than 100 feet away from the campus police office” and parked on same level of the parking lot where the police parked their cruisers. Even so, the police were not close enough to help Collins that night; she needed her own gun.

Collins’ attacker specifically went to a place where he knew young women would be unarmed, much like the shooter Adam Landza did in the Newtown tragedy. So, while Collins was permitted to carry and trained in self-defense with a firearm, she was unable to carry her firearm where she needed it the most, her college campus.

Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is the author of a new book published by Random House, LET ME BE CLEAR: Barack Obama’s War on Millennials and One Woman’s Case for Hope.” She writes a weekly column for Townhall.com. She also runs KatieKieffer.com.