I was on vacation this week, but did have the chance to see Colorado Democrat, State Representative Joe Salazar’s remarks on the news one evening, I believe on Fox News. Joe Salazar, who, in a debate about concealed carry on college campuses, was making a point about safety. He said:
It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’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 your 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 a round at somebody.
~ Colorado Rep Joe Salazar
I was disgusted when I heard what he said. These male politicians have no idea what a woman goes through, both those who have been raped and those who fear that they will be raped. If I were carrying a gun, would I shoot someone because they were a little scary? No, I would only shoot someone if I felt my life was in immediate danger, if I were about to be attacked, or was in the middle of an attack.
I know women are accused of being more “emotional” but, in my life I have seen more males suddenly break out in fist-fights than women. These politicians who make such ridiculous statements only need to hear about the numbers of sexual assaults in the military or on college campuses to understand this is real. Members of the military are not allowed to have weapons on base (unless they are in the line of their duty, not for personal protection) and most college aged girls don’t have guns anyway. So, we can clearly see that NOT having guns isn’t keeping the rape numbers any lower. Perhaps if men believed that MOST women were packing – and trained to shoot, they may think twice about attacking these ladies.
I would never, ever, wish such a violent, personal attack on any person. Still, maybe if these male politicians felt like prey – if they were commonly attacked (perhaps like I hear it happens in prison), maybe they would have more compassion. Maybe they would stop trying to remove the “great equalizer” from the hands of a woman. I do understand, very well, the purpose of the 2nd Amendment. For a woman, guns do have a double, and more immediate purpose in a world where there are so many male predators. A whistle or a set of keys might deter some guys, but I am not willing to depend on so little to protect something so important.