Friday, February 22, 2013

No guns for you!

Democrat Joe Salazar says college women shouldn't be allowed to carry guns to prevent rape.  First he says women don't need guns - apparently schools are gun free "safe" zones and students have access to whistles and emergency call boxes.  Then he says women are clearly too hysterical, too irrational to carry them, because you may start indiscriminantly popping off rounds at random "innocent" people.
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 a round at somebody.
A little tip for you Representative - straight from Dirty Harry himself.  
When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.
- Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry
The University of Colorado advises students to prevent rape by yelling, vomiting, and urinating on yourself instead of, well, you know, shooting the attacker. Amanda Collins disagrees with both the Representative and the University, and considering she was raped at gunpoint in a "safe" zone, I think she has the right of it.  This picture from Rob Allen's blog really says it all.
Of course the real reason politicians don't want you armed is because with arms you can resist them, and they wouldn't want that, would they
The right of the citizens to keep and bear arms has justly been considered, as the palladium of the liberties of a republic; since it offers a strong moral check against the usurpation and arbitrary power of rulers; and will generally, even if these are successful in the first instance, enable the people to resist and triumph over them.
- Supreme Court Justice Joseph Story, 1833

Update 3/5:

Republican state Sen. Ted Harvey attacks gun control bills, rightly saying the firearm bans are in place to prevent people from becoming uncomfortable, and that they are not trying to tackle violent crime at all.
“How does rendering me defenseless protect you against violent crime?” Collins asked. 
“What we are trying to do here tonight is not to protect ourselves from violent crime. What we are trying to do here tonight is prevent students and teachers from feeling uncomfortable by you carrying a gun to protect yourself,” Harvey said.
Unless you realize he is deriding the efforts, it sounds like he's a nutcase, but in fact he's pointing out the idiocity of the bill.

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