I’m not sure how well this is going to go over, given the generally anti-2A attitude of most of the prominent speakers in the #MeToo moment, but it’s certainly worth a look. One victim of sexual assault was attacked on campus at the college she was attending. Because of both state and university rules, her firearm was locked up in a safe far away from where the attack took place. This led her to speak out about the need for women to be able to defend themselves in such hostile situations, as reported this week at Circa.
For Savannah Lindquist, Temple University in Philadelphia was a dream school that offered the excitement of big city living and the chance to pursue a degree in neuroscience. That dream became a nightmare when Lindquist says she was raped during her final year of school.
“All that was running through my head was that, I just wanted to get out of there alive,” Lindquist said…
For Lindquist, who grew up around guns, she said the best way to defend herself would have been to use her pistol, but because of Temple’s policies prohibiting concealed carry on campus, she didn’t have her gun.
“As things started to get a little more violent, I knew that I had no way to defend myself,” She said. “I couldn’t carry, I didn’t have my gun. My gun was unloaded and locked in my gun cabinet.”
The video does this more justice than I ever could, but I’ll warn you in advance that’s rather raw and emotional to watch.
We shouldn’t even be debating whether or not there’s a place for this conversation in the Me Too Moment. Yes, it’s a given that we want men who abuse their positions of power to commit sexual assault or harassment to be held accountable. We can also agree that by bringing this much exposure to the subject it may discourage other men from acting in such a fashion.
But we also shouldn’t forget that there are some men out there who won’t take no for an answer. Savannah Lindquist ran into such a man and if she’d been properly armed and able to defend herself the story might have ended much differently. Whether it’s a “friend” or your boss, a powerful figure in your industry or a stranger, men tend to suddenly begin rethinking their choices when looking down the barrel of a loaded weapon.