State Rep. Joe Salazar gave astounding advice to women on how to avoid rape during a discussion about House Bill 1226, A Colorado law “that would ban concealed weapons permit holders from carrying guns on public college campuses.” The law passed.
Connor Sheets from the International Business Times reports that Salazar suggested that women use rape whistles, safe zones and 911 Call boxes in lieu of a gun if a woman fears a rapist may attack. “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” he said. He also believes that “women on college campuses shouldn’t be trusted with firearms to protect themselves because they might fire carelessly upon feeling threatened,” as reported by KDVR.
Additionally, the Department of Public Safety at the University of Colorado also had some advice, including “Kick off your shoes,” tell the attacker “that you have a disease or are menstruating,” and “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.” So, if a student feels that she is threatened by a rapist, she should vomit and urinate and tell her attacker she is “menstruating?”
The ridiculous comments prompted a new trend on Twitter, #LiberalTips2AvoidRape. Some of the tweets are collected on Twitchy.
#LiberalTips2AvoidRape Tell him you don’t believe in guns and don’t have one, but you called the cops and they’ll arrive in 12 minutes.
Â— divadoll123 (@divadoll123) February 19, 2013
The truth is that taking away people’s ability to protect themselves, especially vulnerable people like would-be rape victims and the elderly will only empower the criminal, who could give a hoot about rape whistles and call boxes.
Watch Joe Salazar’s comments here:
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