If that was all he said, he might be dismissed as just another idiot gun control advocate.
But once state Rep. Joe Salazar placed his foot firmly in his mouth, he proceeded to put a little salt and pepper on it and swallow it whole:
"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 when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop ... pop around at somebody."
The number one question I have is: Do liberals really believe that rapists respect a "safe zone?" I'd love to get this guy alone and try to sell him a safe zone in the Okefenokee swamp.
Salazar later apologzied, claiming he has been a strong defender of women's rights.
"I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I've spent the last decade defending women's rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I'm deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments."
Dana Loesch points out that if he does defend women's rights, he is selective in which rights he defends:
If Salazar was truly sensitive to the dangers we face then he would understand how statistics do not work in our favor - unless we level the playing field by exercising our Second Amendment right. Salazar also doesn't explain his insinuation that women basically ditzes who are incapable of proper reasoning and capable of handling firearms, in fact, he backhandedly defends it by saying it was a justifiable example for his prejudice against women's defense.
Salazar claims to have a record of defending women's rights but his actions to disenfranchise them of their Second Amendment rights are completely contradictory to that claim. One in four collegiate women report rape and one in five are raped. Salazar wants to deprive women of their right to defense with these odds? Just blow your rape whistles and pray that an attacker represents the "safe zone" boundaries? The best apology is a reversal of his war on women.
Loesch includes some helpful advice from the University of Colorado on what to do if you are about to be raped:
- Be realistic about your ability to protect yourself.
- Your instinct may be to scream, go ahead! It may startle your attacker and give you an opportunity to run away.
- Kick off your shoes if you have time and can't run in them.
- Don't take time to look back; just get away.
- If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
- Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.
- Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.
- Yelling, hitting or biting may give you a chance to escape, do it!
- Understand that some actions on your part might lead to more harm.
- Remember, every emergency situation is different. Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.
Fully half of those recommendations are very likely to enrage a rapist and get a woman killed.
Clearly, the Democrats have been caught in the illogic of their position on self defense. They can't advocate arming women to protect themselves, but neither can they make the argument that a woman should take measures that are likely to get them killed without stopping the rape. They have to ignore statistics that show simply brandishing a weapon or firing a warning shot prevents rape while embracing the lie that a "call box" can save them.
Thanks Rep. Salazar for making everything clear.