Last year the media did their level best to tar Republicans with the offensive comments that two Republicans made related to rape victims. But now that it's Democratic legislators insulting rape victims by insisting that they cannot be trusted to defend themselves with firearms, it's a different story.
Amanda Collins, now 25, was brutally raped on campus, and was unable to defend herself since guns aren’t permitted on college campuses. In fact, Colorado State Sen. Evie Hudak (D), has said that her “assault would likely had been worse had she been armed with a gun.” Jessica Chasmar of the Washington Times has the story:
During a hearing Monday for a proposed statewide ban on carrying concealed firearms on college campuses, Amanda Collins, who was sexually assaulted at gunpoint in October 2007 on the campus of the University of Nevada at Reno while walking to her car after a night class, argued her attack may have been avoided if she had a gun.
“You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experienced in taekwondo, and yet because this individual was so large, was able to overcome you, even with your skills,” Miss Hudak said to Ms. Collins during the hearing. “And chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you.”
She then cited a statistic stating that for every woman who used a gun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were killed while attempting to use their weapon, a point which Ms. Collins refuted.
“Respectfully, senator, you weren’t there,” Ms. Collins replied. “Had I been carrying concealed, he wouldn’t have known I had my weapon; and I was there. I know without a doubt in my mind at some point I would’ve been able to stop my attack by using my firearm.”
Her suspected attacker, convicted rapist James Biela, was later sentenced to death for killing another woman.
The stupid is palpable. Furthermore, imagine the furor that would’ve been caused if a Republican said this a la Todd Akin or Richard Mourdock.
But the coverage, much less outrage, from the network and cable networks is likely to be minimal at best, just like it was when Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar (D) put his foot in his mouth with an equally offensive comment about rape victims.