As Leah reported yesterday, the Colorado State House passed four new gun control laws Monday. During debate about legislation eliminating concealed carry on campus, Colorado Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar argued that call boxes and whistles were sufficient enough to protect women from rape. Revealing Politics grabbed the video:
"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, that's why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble and when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop — pop a round at somebody.”
That's right ladies, this democratic man knows better than you when it comes to how you feel about maybe getting raped. You don't really know how you feel about that creep following you home after class and don't worry, a call box will save you. Also, the potential rapist will totally respect that you're in a "safe-zone" and leave you alone.
But Salazar's comments aren't far off the mark when it comes to liberal self defense policies on college campuses in Colorado. The University of Colorado-Colorado Springs has a similar policy for avoiding rape:
What To Do If You Are Attacked
These tips are designed to help you protect yourself on campus, in town, at your home, or while you travel. These are preventative tips and are designed to instruct you in crime prevention tactics.
Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
Don't take time to look back; just get away.
If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
Yes, you read that correctly. The university recommends women tell attackers they have a disease, are menstruating, to scream, bite, hit, run away or allow rape to occur through "passive resistance." You know what action would be "most appropriate" instead of these ridiculous and unrealistic responses? Pulling out a .38 Special, .22 Magnum, 9mm or other handgun. No bodily functions necessary, only a steady hand.
Salazar offered a bogus, sorry "if" apology for his ignorance to a local television station.
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention,” Salazar said. “We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong."
Meanwhile, another Democratic Rep. said yesterday ballpoint pens should be used to defend against a madman with a gun.