I’m going to present this bit of a speech made yesterday by Colorado Democratic Rep. Joe Salazar almost without comment.
It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. 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, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.
In a world where the MSM isn’t so thoroughly shot through with progressives that you run the danger of starting a stampede if you tossed in a copy of any Hayek book, his comments would be a headline story in the very same publications that castigated Todd Akin for the bone-headed things he said last year. We don’t live in that world, though,
We do, however, live in a world where the University of Colorado Springs recommends that women attacked by a would-be rapist curl up in a ball and vomit in the hopes he will be disgusted and run away. Have we really stooped so far that an elected official can tell women he’d rather have them rely on a whistle to protect them than a legal firearm?
Rep. Salazar issued an “apology” shortly after his statement blew up on social media.
“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention,” Salazar said. “We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.
“I am a husband and father of two beautiful girls, and I’ve spent the last decade defending women’s rights as a civil rights attorney. Again, I’m deeply sorry if I offended anyone with my comments.”
I”m not buying it. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone” is not the same thing as “I’m sorry I said what I did” and “defending women’s rights” in court means absolutely nothing at all if you take away their right to defend themselves on the street. All Joe Salazar has done is establish that he believes women worthy of his protection only when they can get to a civil court. That, folks, is insufficient.