Feel like you’re gonna be raped? Maybe you won’t

By Kelly Maher

Feel like you’re going to be raped? Well, maybe you’re wrong. So goes the justification for Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) to take a away the right for a woman with a concealed carry permit to defend herself while on a Colorado college campus.

“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,” Salazar remarked in debate late Friday night. “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 around at somebody.

House Bill 13-1226 to prohibit the lawful concealed carry on Colorado college campuses passed the Colorado House of Representatives this morning. Many of the arguments Democrats used to justify the bill included the alcohol and drug use common on campuses coupled with the age and immaturity of average college students. These arguments didn’t resonate with many Republican lawmakers and opponents of the bill who cited Colorado’s intensive training process for obtaining a concealed carry permit and the state’s requirement that permit-holders be 21 years of age, as rebuttal.

“This bill is not about the average college student, it’s about the professional woman who is pursuing an advanced degree. This is about a woman’s ability to defend herself” said Katherine E. Whitney Legislative Coordinator of Students for Concealed Carry and a student at CU Law School. “The types of people who go through the process to obtain a concealed carry permit are exactly the people who any mother or father would want to be able to defend themselves on campus. A woman shouldn’t have to wait until it’s too late to find out if she’s actually going to be raped or not. We should allow competent, trained women the ability to defend themselves.”