The Anti-Choice Left’s Disarming of American Women

If radical gun-grabbers have their way, your daughters, mothers and grandmothers will have nothing but whistles, pens and bodily fluids to defend themselves against violent attackers and sexual predators. Women of all ages, races and political backgrounds should be up in arms over the coordinated attack on their right to bear arms.

In Colorado this week, male Democratic legislators assailed concealed-carry supporters and disparaged female students who refuse to depend on the government for protection. The Democrat-controlled House passed a statewide ban on concealed-carry weapons on college campuses, along with several other extreme gun-control measures that will undermine citizen safety and drive dozens of businesses out of the state.

Condescending Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar of Colorado asserted that young women can’t be trusted to assess threatening situations at their colleges or universities: “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles,” Salazar said during floor debate. “Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around, or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be…”

Colorado Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, another elitist Democrat, argued that instead of firing back at a crazed gunman, innocent victims would be better off using “ballpoint pens” to stab him when he stops to reload. Colorado Rep. Paul Rosenthal, another Democrat, told women to rely on the “buddy system” instead. And on Tuesday, after personally lobbying Colorado Democrats to restrict self-defense options, Vice President Joe Biden blithely dismissed a woman’s concerns about family security. He advised her, “You don’t need an AR-15″ — even though it is the long arm of choice of three million law-abiding citizens, half of whom are veterans, law enforcement officers or both.

The presumptuous paternalism of gun-grabbing male Democrats is not confined to the political arena. On college campuses across the country, the literal disarming of women is standard operating procedure.

At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, officials advise women that “passive resistance may be your best defense.” The school’s recommendation to girls: “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.”

If that fails, it’s time to deploy other assault bodily fluids! No joke. UCCS seriously advises potential victims: “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.”

In a quick survey of campus tips for women, editor Jenn Taylor notes that at the State University of New York at Plattsburgh, women are also told that “passive resistance (vomiting, urinating, telling the attacker you’re diseased or menstruating) may be your best defense.” The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh tells girls to “(c)ry or create a scene of emotional or mental instability.” Instead of a Glock, the school prefers students take a page from “Glee.” Yes, ladies, when you fear for your lives, it’s time to engage in theatrics by faking a “faint” or “seizure.” And at Oregon State, female students are advised to tell sexual predators they are “sick or pregnant,” because guns and knives are banned on campus.

As I’ve noted before, colleges and universities have become coddle industries. Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated “safe spaces” to protect students selectively from speech the left deems “hateful.” Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. As the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.

Where are the War on Women warriors of the left when you need them? Paging Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Sandra Fluke and every indignant feminist who (rightly) took Todd “legitimate rape” Akin to task — as I did — last fall. The sexist stance of gun-grabbers goes far beyond Akin-esque junk science about magical wombs that can prevent pregnancy. The idea that women can’t be trusted to know when they are at risk takes direct aim at their very sovereignty and security.

It’s anti-self-determination. It’s anti-freedom. It’s anti-choice.

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  • UCSPanther

    I suspect that the feminists want it that way because (a), it will encourage a steady stream of victims, and (b), every victim helps them prove that men are violent animals that need to be caged up.

    • Mary Sue

      but of course!

      Nothing drives me around the bend like the absolute and utter illogic of the rape-crisis feminists. To them, it is a sin to tell a woman she should probably pack a pistol, because that insinuates that if she doesn't pack a pistol, that being raped was her fault for not doing more to prevent it. No, see, we plebians don't get that Men Shouldn't Rape, and if they repeat it often enough, somehow the 3% of men that do 88% of the rapes will somehow start to listen.

      Now, I totally get them wanting to put ALL the onus on the rapist. What I don't get is their stubborn refusal to give women lifesaving advice because everybody has the right to (hypothetically) walk down a dark alley stark naked and not get attacked.

      • tagalog

        On average, women shoot better than men (are better able to hit what they aim at).

        Men (some men) fear that.

        Me, I just keep on practicing and am happy that my wife is naturally more accurate. She doesn't have to practice as much. She and I together can fight off any reasonably foreseeable threat, and if I'm not around, she can defend her own dang self.

      • "gunner"

        one of my first gifts to my wife, hortly after we married was a .22 semi-auto pistol, her first gun. when she got comfortable the .22 i bought her a .380 on the same frame. she still has both guns. i carry a .45 m1911a1, but i might not be there when she runs into trouble, the .380 will at least give her a fighting chance.

    • Kitchener

      I suspect that as well…anything to further the cause.

  • Rifleman

    What kind of sick 'morality' or mentality would have a lady needlessly degrade herself to stop a violent attack? It seems to me these guys seriously fear an armed female.

    You'd think in a place of higher learning someone would have wondered aloud what method and tool was most effective at stopping serious physical violence, with the least injury to the defender. The last time I checked the FBI UCR, that was a firearm.

    • "gunner"

      actually they fear anyone being armed, being neurotic and given to temper tantrums, as we frequently see demonstrated here they are afraid of what they might do with a gun, and they project that fear on to others. in my opinion a woman carrying a gun "for all lawful purposes", including self defense is being smart and practical, dealing with the reality that there are evil people in the world who would do her harm given the chance, and a shortage of knights in shining armour ro ride to her rescue.

      • Rifleman

        They do, but they seem to get a bit more hysterical at the thought of women arming themselves, like they have something to worry about personally.

        A .38 is reliable, fits well in a lady's hand or purse, has moderate recoil, and will stop the biggest and baddest attacker in their tracks.

  • PhillipGaley

    Maybe, some woman should sue to see the law declared void for having removed all Colorado college property from a constitutional protection which was the right of all the people, . . .

    • tagalog

      U.S. Constitution, Article VI, Clause 2: the U.S. Constitution is the supreme law of the land.

      • AdinaK

        Btw, the same leftists going postal over gun control, have zero compunction about eviscerating additional Constitutional mandates. IF they have their way, not only will women be facing their predators with nothing more than a hope and a prayer, but "The One" will be installed for who knows how many terms –… …this is the left's true face.

        Adina Kutnicki, Israel

  • guest

    Go with the second amendment. The left would rather you suffer or die than have a gun. Who in their right mind listens to them? They are clearly not in THEIR right mind. Too much liberal in their education.

  • Howard

    I do not believe i have ever read remarks as maddeningly sexist as Rep Joe Salazars. As I read them, his remarks boil down to this: Far too many young women are either intellectually unqualified or emotionally incompetent of recognizing when they are in imminent danger of being raped or killed to be trusted with a firearm. Since they are incompetent intellectually of analyzing a situation and being able to tell whether it is life threatening or not they are as likely to shoot a guy delivering pizza as they are a sexual predator. Because they are so emotionally flighty they will regularly become hysterical and in a blind panic mistake a college boy on his way back to the dorm for a armed felon out to kidnap and murder them. They simply can't be trusted to carry anything more dangerous than a ballpoint pen and a full bladder. Could the representative express a lower opinion of young women's capacities? And I would be curious to know just what exactly his opinion is concerning the rest of us and our competence in important matters?

  • tagalog

    "Pardon me while I rummage through my purse to find a ball point pen to stab you with."

    "You puked on me, you b***h! I'm gonna kick the s**t out of you!"

    "That guy across the parking lot, he looks like he's going to rape me, I can tell even though I can't make out his expression. I better shoot him."

    Yep, Joe.

    • Jill

      Hilarious…made my day!

  • John

    Passive Resistance worked when 19 Al Qaeda jihadis hijacked 4 airplanes on 911.

    The passengers on 3 planes did everything the hijackers wanted.

    High level leftists live in their gated communities. Freaking hypocrite people ranchers.

  • tanstaafl

    Never submit.

  • Spider

    Anti gun zealot Diane Finestein who by the way used to cary
    a concealed handgun for protection while Mayor of San Francisco
    made a big deal in a press conference that she was giving up her
    handgun (like the rest of us should) for the greater good.
    There was only one catch. She has had an armed guard enterage
    ever since. Talk about a hipocrite. She says we should rely
    on police for protection. Police protection is another leftist lie.

  • Spider

    (cont. from above)
    The last time I called police (for a violent break in on my home)
    they took over 45 minutes to respond. 5 blacks broke in the back
    door and tried to get my daughter. I arrived in 5 minutes and
    scared them off with my .45 auto. The Sherifs downplayed the whole
    thing so the press wouldn't get hold of it. Can you imagine what
    would have happened to my daughter if I'd relied on the police
    to protect her?? My dire warning to everyone is Don't ever give
    up your guns for these stupid elitist Democrats.

  • Alex Kovnat

    I will never forget how the intellectual community at Virginia Tech declared how safe and comfortable they felt, when VT re-affirmed their ban on firearms – three months before the tragic events of April 7, 2007. Yet the Colorado legislature, even upwards of six years after said tragedy, still refuses to allow law abiding citizens on college campuses the right to defend themselves against homicidal fiends like the Virginia Tech or Sandy Hook shooters. Go figure.

  • jerome

    i wonder how many rapes were prevented because the person being attacked had a weapon?
    i would guess not many.
    but if it makes a person feel safe to have access to a weapon, then it is a good thing.

  • Rick_in_VA

    I guess these clowns are only "pro-choice" on some things.
    It seems the "choice" to protect themselves doesn't count.

  • Chip Cloutier

    If the dumbocrats believe tha a woman is too emotionally insecure to carry a weapon for self defence then why are they in favor of putting women in combat?