Colorado State Rep argues poorly against on-campus carry

Recently there has been a lot of debate over whether or not women should be permitted to carry on campus. While trying to explain why women don’t need to resort to on-campus carry, Colorado State Rep Joe Salazar said that just because a woman thinks she is being raped, doesn’t mean their suspected attacker has any intent on raping them.

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 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

The list of flaws in such a small statement are substantial.

  1. Call boxes don’t mean you’re safe. Call boxes are located around campus in the event someone feels threatened, but what happens after that? What happens after you press the call button and tell university police where you are (if you even know) and what your issue is? You wait. You stand around with the threat of an attack lingering and you wait. I personally used to feel safe at the thought the call boxes were located around campus, but it is a false hope. The one time I ever needed to use a call box, the officer on the other end was laughing and talking to his co-workers in the background, not even acknowledging that I was afraid. It took over a minute to get him to listen to me and he didn’t even know where I was. By the time the lights on the call box went off, it took them over 10 minutes to get to me. There is nothing “safe” about this.
  2. Safe Zones? You think that just because an area is labeled a ‘safe zone’ that it means that attackers are less likely to choose a victim? What happens when they are no longer in this so-called ‘safe zone’?  Safe Zones don’t protect women from a rapist/attacker any more than gun free zones protect people from a shooter. Criminals break the law.
  3. “It’s why we have whistles..” This is assuming that a woman wears a rape whistle 24 hours a day 7 days a week. This is not a logical or reasonable assumption to make. If the victim doesn’t have a whistle with her, is she just supposed to whistle on her own? And just for the sake of the argument, let’s say the victim DOES have a rape whistle and uses it while she is being attacked. Who is coming to her rescue? Can the university police hear her from their cars or their station? Do you think students are going to jump out of their beds and run to the rescue (not that that is a safe option either) in the middle of the night when they hear a random whistle going off in the parking lot?

So instead of offering female students the option to legally carry a firearm on campus, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs offers these 10 tips:

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.

Number 10 is my absolute favorite. “Only you can decide which action is most appropriate”. Oh you know, unless the action I think is most appropriate is to arm myself.

What are your thoughts– should women be permitted to carry on campus?

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