In Colorado, Democratic politicians like Joe Salazar insist that women cannot be trusted to fight off rapists with guns. After all what happens if one of those women mistakes a good Democrat like Joe Salazar for a rapist. But there is a certain amount of statistical evidence that rapists avoid attacking armed women. Not all of these statistics are fully documented, but they are interesting nonetheless.
The latest independent crime victims polls estimate that 512,000 rapes occur each year, 1,400 a day, and just under 17% are reported to the police. That agrees with the FBI numbers, so I will go with 512,000 rapes, with 17% or one in six reported to the police.
With the magnitude of the problem established:
In the early 1990′s a study concluded that 650 rapes a day were stopped because the victim was – or may have been – armed. But the number of women who carry, and the number of homes with guns, is much higher now.
The latest prisoners surveys estimate that 3,600 rapes a day are never attempted because the victim either showed a gun, said she had a gun, or the rapist though the victim had a gun for some other reason.
So one way or the other, guns prevent 3,600 rapes a day, or more than 1.3 million rapes a year. That is an enormous amount of human misery prevented by the mere presence of a gun.
But from the leftist point of view, there is never any valid reason for shooting someone except in the name of Social Justice.