Saturday, February 23, 2013

Rape and Campus Carry

By Donald Sensing

In 2003, there was one university in Colorado that decided that women threatened with sexual assault would not have to lie back and think of Colorado instead of defending themselves. So the school changed policy to permit anyone who could legally carry a weapon off campus to do so on the campus.

And this is what happened to the incidence of sex offenses afterward:

For the definitions of "forcible" and "non-forcible," see here.

Despite this empirical data from his own state, Democrat Colo. state Rep. Joe Salazar said that a woman should not be allowed to be armed on a campus because even if she thinks she is about to be raped, "you may actually not be,"  and besides, “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles."

Ladies, if you think a "rape whistle" is going to save you, just think about how many people rush to the scene of a car alarm going off. And the next time you hear a car alarm going off, wait to see how long it takes for the police to get there. You'll still be waiting at this time next year.

If you must have a "rape whistle," make sure you accessorize it properly.

As for the rest of Salazar's stupidity, consider the case of Amanda Collins, who was brutally raped on the campus of the University of Nevada, a "gun free zone" (link).
“For one, all of these are just sentiments that give a false sense of security. In my experience, I know that. The university that I attended, the University of Nevada, Reno, they didn’t have any call boxes the night that I was attacked, they afterwards they installed them. I can tell you that a call box above my head while I was straddled on the parking garage floor being brutally raped wouldn’t have helped me one bit. The safe zones? Well I was in a safe zone and my attacker didn’t care,” said Collins.

Edwards asks, “What do you mean you were in a safe zone?”

“The campuses are designated as a safe zone, or as I take it, a gun free zone. All it does is ensure the perpetrator that they are going to be unmatched when they pick a victim”, Collins responds.

“You were attacked in what would be considered a safe zone, I’m assuming. You were within sight of the campus police department.”

“Right. I’m going to share something this afternoon that I haven’t shared before, and that is that knowing that I could see the police cruisers less than 50 feet away from me where from where I was being attacked- the moment I saw those cruisers I knew no one was coming for me”, she replied.
Here's the 14-plus minute video of the interview:

Endnote: there seems to be some confusion among reports of just which campus the data refer to. Some reports say it is Colorado Springs University. However, there is no such school. There is a school named University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS). The school abbreviated CSU is Colorado State University. This according to UCCS faculty member Erik Hanson. The correct identification is Colorado State.

As for carry status on Colorado public-university campuses generally, the situation is, um, "normal." The Colorado Supreme Court last March struck down the University of Colorado's gun ban for otherwise legally-qualified persons. But,

The University of Colorado regents on Wednesday dodged taking a stance on whether concealed-carry permit holders should be able to bring their weapons to campus.
The Republican-controlled Board of Regents voted 6-2 to "postpone indefinitely" a measure that sought support for concealed-carry on CU's campuses.

So the court said that the university system may not prohibit the carry rights of permit holders but a year later the board of regents is still debating whether to allow it.

It is worth noting that the County Sheriffs of Colorado filed a brief with the court supporting lifting the ban on concealed carry on campuses.

... the Regents‟ prohibition policy is highly dangerous because it ensures
that, unlike almost everywhere else in Colorado, there is no possibility that victims
would have the tools necessary to save lives.
See my follow-up post, "Patriarchy and Sexual Oppression and Colorado Springs."

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