Sexual Assaults Fell 90% After Colorado Springs University Legalized Campus Guns

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


Colorado Springs University legalized the right to carry concealed firearms on campus in 2003. Since then, according to Students for Concealed Carry, the number of forcible and non-forcible sexual assaults dropped sharply, falling 90 percent from a high in 2002 to a new low in 2008.

While Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar suggested that women could not be trusted to carry guns on campus because they might not know when they’re being raped, a young woman who was raped on campus because she was not allowed to carry a firearm, despite having a permit, has said otherwise.

Amanda Collins is a young rape survivor. While in college in 2007, she was raped 50 feet away from the campus police department office at the University of Nevada-Reno and was lucky to get out alive. Her attacker was James Biela, a serial rapist who raped two other women and murdered another. He attacked her at gun point in a gun free zone. At the time of the attack, Collins was in possession of a concealed weapons permit but was not in possession of her firearm due to university policies prohibiting carrying concealed weapons on campus.

“If I had been carrying that night, two other rapes would have been prevented and a young life would have been saved,” Collins said. “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 didn’t have any call boxes the night I was attacked. They afterwards installed them but 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 zone? I was in a safe zone and my attacker didn’t care,” Collins said. “It’s known that I could see the police cruisers less than 50 feet away from me, from where I was being attacked but the moment I saw those cruisers, I knew at the same time that no one was coming for me….they were all off duty. The offices had closed. They weren’t in their cruisers, there was no one there. A whistle wouldn’t have gotten anybody’s attention. It was isolated, it was late at night.”

“It’s really frustrating that I’m supposed to hand over my own protection to a man but they’re not able to guarantee our protection and the comments that this representative made about women not knowing if they’re going to be raped or accidentally shooting the wrong person was extremely offensive because he specifically targeted female students. So, is he saying that all women are unable to make sound decisions in the midst of that, that we should go against our God given gut instinct that something was wrong? I knew something was wrong the moment I was grabbed from behind.”

They say that an armed society is a polite society. It may also be a rape-free society so long as the right to bear arms isn’t limited to just cops and criminals.

  • tagalog

    A hopeful sign: this news of the decreased incidence of rapes on college campuses has helped the Board of the University of Colorado to table the proposal to ban guns on U.C. campuses for an unknown period of time.

    Of course, the pending legislation on college-campus carry might moot that out, but maybe not. At least there are some intellectuals who seem to be actually thinking.

    • A4C

      Actually, you have the situation exactly backwards:
      the CU Board of Regents just voted to table indefinitely (in practice, Kill) a proposal to support the rights of students otherwise qualified to carry concealed with a permit (21-yrs and up, passed background check, etc) to exercise their statutory and constitutional rights.
      In other words, a majority on the CU Board of Regents voted to deprive adults of their rights under the law. http://www.dailycamera.com/cu-news/ci_22630106/cu

      • tagalog

        Bummer. I stand corrected. I feel confirmed, however, in my previous stance that some ideas are so foolish only intellectuals could fall for them.

    • Ann McL

      There is no Colorado Springs University! What source data are you using? Please add a link.

      • Ann McL

        Ok. Something is hinky here. If you go to Colorado STATE University that someone further down said this chart is from, their Cleary Report does NOT corrolate with the above chart at all. Sexual Assualts went UP in 2006
        http://police.colostate.edu/pdfs/2008-Safety-Repo

      • tagalog

        Who said anything about any Colorado Springs University? They say that in the article, but your post was in reply to one of mine.

        There is no Colorado State University in Colorado Springs. Maybe there's one in Pueblo. We have the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs aka UCCS. We have Colorado College (CC). We have Regis University. But no Colorado State University in Colorado Springs. And I never heard of a Colorado Springs University, either in Colorado Springs or anywhere else.

  • Ar'nun

    This should be posted on Obama's new anti-gun story website.

    • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

      Logic means nothing when the goal is to disarm, instead of to protect. ObamaCare is primed for disarming America and few have a clue – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/02/18/obamas-march-

      Whenever the main proponents of gun control scream about safety, listen to the subtext. It is NOT about protecting the people. Not at all.

      Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Rifleman

    Something in this article that is rarely mentioned is that when an intended victim ends the career of a rapist, robber, or murderer, they aren't just saving themselves, they are saving all the people that predator would have hurt or killed in the future. That mentality doesn't stop on its' own.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Indeed.

      Self-defense is also social defense.

      • Mary Sue

        Like immunization, it grants what is called "herd immunity".

      • Rogue Rose

        I find the sourcing on this article less than stellar. I'm pretty sure they mean Colorado State University. And a link to the original source for the data should be included.

        • Rifleman

          I thought it was a real good, or even almost stellar article too.

      • Rifleman

        That's a nice succinct way of putting it, like distilled truth.

  • A4C

    Actually, that should read Colorado STATE University –
    which, in contrast to the University of Colorado (including University of Colorado – Colorado Springs) followed state law and allowed permitted concealed-carry as mandated by law.

    The University of Colorado, on the other hand, instituted a gun ban policy which continued until challenged (and overturned) in court, just last year: http://www.clearthebenchcolorado.org/2012/03/06/c

  • popseal

    Training is everything so get all you can get. Shoot often at a well managed range. Carry always……

    • Rifleman

      Sound advise, and researching where to get sound training has never been easier.

  • laura h

    There is no "Colorado Springs University. What school is this referring to?

    • tagalog

      UCCS, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

    • esoderstrom

      The school is Colorado State University, as mentioned on the SCC website at http://concealedcampus.org/colorado/ We have requested a correction.

  • Jeff Bargholz

    Right to carry laws reduce crime wherever they are enacted but the real reason the number of sexual assaults dropped so drastically is because the Students For Concealed Carry only reported real assaults.

    The misandrist lesbians and other female supremacists who dominate the "feminist" groups in every university lie blatantly about rape. They lie about how often it occurs, who the perpetrators are, who the victims are and even about what constitutes an actual sexual assault.

    Most campuses define comments deemed improper or a casual touch as a reported assault. The mullet headed campus lesbian groups usually consider any sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as rape. They consider the man the rapist, natch.

    The "rape epidemic" in our colleges has been a hoax since day one.

    Right to carry laws not only reduce the instances of real sexual asault, they also reduce the far more numerous instances of phony accusations of sexual assault. It's hard to play the victim when you're well armed.

  • Parenthetical Phrase

    It is outrageous to think that any government can demand that individuals refuse to defend themselves against any kind of attack. Hopefully some of these women now understand what a vote for Obama really means.

  • dakwolf55
  • alkidya

    It's all about control. Tyranny cannot survive with an armed populace.

  • LindaRivera

    DEATH SENTENCE FOR ALL RAPISTS IN ALL COUNTRIES!

    • NAHALKIDES

      Even better would be 10 years imprisonment for any politician who attempts to infringe the right to bear arms.

  • LindaRivera

    Sexual Assaults Fell 90% After Colorado Springs University Legalized Campus Guns.

    Ruling elites are well aware of the fact that an armed populace drastically LOWERS rapes, crimes and murders. It is positive proof that elites want to drastically INCREASE rapes, crimes and murders and render Americans defenseless prey by disarming Americans. Unfortunately, governments have extremely wicked plans for their citizens when they plot to disarm them.

  • Jason

    I tend to support the right to carry weapons. However, I am wondering why statistics stopped at 2008. This may allow our opponents to claim that this drop in assaults is a statistical fluke. If the data are not available, then this should be stated. Also, it would have been nice to quote the statement that Joe Salazar made verbatim.