As the Colorado legislature considered a bill that would ban the carrying of guns on college campuses, Representative Joe Salazar explained that women aren’t competent to judge whether they are really in danger or not:
According to the University of Colorado, here’s what women are supposed to do instead of defending themselves:
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.
I particularly like the last one: “Only you can decide which action is most appropriate.” Except for using a gun to defend yourself. We’ll decide that one for you. Try vomiting instead.
POSTSCRIPT: On this topic, it’s not just Colorado rapists who want to practice their hobby safely. The pro-rape, anti-gun lobby is active in Ohio too:
Convicted rapist organizes gun control demonstration at Dayton gun show; Media fails to note his sex offender status
UPDATE: Another Colorado Democrat suggests that women fend off rapists using judo. Let’s be fair, they’re not pro-rape, they’re just anti-anti-rape.