If you’re a woman who fears she’s going to be raped… you might be wrong. So said Colorado State Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton).
Arguing in favor of House Bill 13-1226 to prohibit concealed carry of firearms on Colorado college campuses, Salazar rebuked critics who said the law would remove a female college student’s ability to “level the field” and legally protect herself from potential attackers.
“It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” he explained. “Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at.”
He continued: “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 when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop, pop a round at somebody.”
UPDATE: Salazar has issued the following apology:
I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention. 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.
I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I’m deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.
[h/t Revealing Politics]
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