Via Mediaite, I missed this last night but Twitchy didn’t. After months of “war on women” demagoguery keying off of Akin and Mourdock, I didn’t expect that the left’s big gun-control push might include a contingent of rape minimizers keen on keeping guns out of women’s hands. Then again, I didn’t expect that it would include an impassioned plea by Joe Biden for Americans to go out and buy shotguns either.
It does happen, of course, on campus and off. You may well know someone to whom it happened, assuming you aren’t a victim yourself:
Meet Sarah Wisnosky. She was raped & beaten to death with a ball peen hammer at age 17 after just starting college. twitter.com/BenHowe/status…
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) February 19, 2013
It’s a terrible mistake by gun-rights groups not to emphasize self-defense for women more than they do, I think. Too often when you ask Second Amendment supporters why people need guns, they come back at you with hypotheticals ranging from remote to somewhat less remote but still pretty remote. Threat of the government instituting martial law? Remote. Threat of a home invasion? Not as remote, especially depending upon where you live, but still unlikely. Threat of you, as a man, being attacked by another man? Probably less remote still, but not a major concern. Threat of you, as a woman, being attacked by a man? Distinctly possible if these numbers are accurate. (Which is disputed.) And when a woman’s attacked, it’s likely to involve more than simply having her wallet lifted. I’d go as far as to say that women protecting themselves from sexual assault should be the first plank in any well-considered gun-rights platform. Exit quotation from S.E. Cupp: “Why is it okay for men to tell women how to defend themselves?”