Lawmaker’s Controversial Guns and Rape Remark

Aaron Flint posted on February 19, 2013 09:04 :: 3199 Views

It appears we have yet another lawmaker who thinks he is an expert on rape.  This time a politician in Colorado was speaking out against the right to carry on college campuses. 

The Daily Caller has this:

Democratic Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar apologized Monday for suggesting some women are so unjustifiably afraid of being raped that they are liable to start shooting wildly.

Salazar, arguing in favor of disarming college students, said Friday on the Colorado House floor that women fearing rape may suddenly and haphazardly ”pop a round at somebody.”

VIDEO of the lawmaker’s guns and rape remark is below:

The gun control debate is occupying a lot of time during the Legislature in Colorado.  Here’s an article from The Durango Herald last week that caught my eye.  The article suggests that some lawmakers in Colorado are carrying concealed weapons during the legislative session.  (I think it is safe to say that lawmakers in Montana’s capitol have also carried concealed weapons, despite a similar state ban in the Big Sky state.) 

In an interview, Holbert said he does not carry a concealed weapon, but he knows lawmakers from both parties and both chambers who do.

“I think I know who in this room I would want to be running to if something bad happened,” Holbert said.

Speaker of the House Mark Ferrandino, D-Denver, is aware that some of his colleagues are armed. 

Meanwhile, for those advocating a “Sheriffs First” approach, I’d imagine this is not what they intendedThe Drudge Report is linking to a Seattle Times story describing a bill in Washington state that would call for the local sheriff to inspect the homes of assault-weapon owners. 

Forget police drones flying over your house. How about police coming inside, once a year, to have a look around?

As Orwellian as that sounds, it isn’t hypothetical. The notion of police home inspections was introduced in a bill last week in Olympia.

That it’s part of one of the major gun-control efforts pains me. It seemed in recent weeks lawmakers might be headed toward some common-sense regulation of gun sales. But then last week they went too far. By mistake, they claim. But still too far.


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