Arrogance, Ignorance, and Condescension

For your consideration, I give you this video:



As featured on The Blaze, this video shows the tail end testimony by rape survivor Amanda Collins’s, who was raped in the parking garage in the gun-free-zone that is the college campus of the University of Nevada in Reno.  Collins was testifying before a legislative hearing in the Colorado state Senate, where they are considering banning handguns on all college campuses in the state (you can read her testimony to the Michigan State Senate here).


Some of the highlights:

  • As a woman with self-defense training, she was taking precautions, as a matter of course, as she walked from her classroom to her
  • A call box or a whistle would have done nothing to save her from what happened.
  • Despite extensive self-defense training, there was nothing she could do to stop the rapist.

The reaction to Amanda Collins’s testimony from Senator Evie Hudak is extremely disturbing.  She starts off by calling Collins’s story “unsettling,” but then goes on (literally) in her next breath to say that “statistics are not on your side.”

Here are Senator Hudak’s full remarks (emphasis mine):

Thank you, Madam Chair.  Thank you for sharing your story.  Very, very unsettling story.  I just want to say that, actually, statistics are not on your side, even if you had had a gun, you said that you were a martial arts student, and yet, I mean, um…person, experienced in Tae Kwan Do, and yet, because this individual was so large, he was able to overcome you even with your skills.  And chances are that if you had had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you.  The Colorado Coalition Against Gun Violence says that for every one woman who used a gun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 were murdered by them.

I’m sure that Amanda Collins, and any other woman who has been the victim of rape is not comforted by the idea that some pro-gun control group’s statistics do not lean in their favor.  But Senator Hudak’s argument from there leans toward the bizarre: Apparently, the senator thinks that because Collins had martial arts training, then a gun wouldn’t have made a difference…if Collins couldn’t use her mad ninja skills wipe out a guy who snuck up behind her, then there was nothing she could have done, because the Colorado Coalition for the Disarmament of Rape Victims cited statistics saying just that.

But the statistics Senator Hudak cited are quite misleading (emphasis author’s):

According to the FBI, Americans use firearms in self defense 2.1 million times annually. Cases where firearms are used criminally amount to 579,000. Seventy percent of those cases are carried out by criminal repeat offenders. Barrett and Democrats would seek to punish those protecting themselves rather than the criminals.

There is a war on women, and it’s coming from the left to turn women into victims. Note this:

  • In the vast majority of those self-defense cases, the citizen will only brandish the gun or fire a warning shot.
  • In less than 8% of those self-defense cases will the citizen will even wound his attacker.
  • Over 1.9 million of those self-defense cases involve handguns.
  • As many as 500,000 of those self-defense cases occur away from home.
  • Almost 10% of those self-defense cases are women defending themselves against sexual assault or abuse.

Perhaps the most moronic part of the senator’s remarks is that she seemingly equates martial arts training with handgun use – the assumption seems to be that if her Tae Kwan Do experience didn’t help her overcome this attacker, then a handgun would do nothing to help.  Personally, I think this senator has been watching too many movies – a problem that seems to be plaguing many Democratic lawmakers in the gun debate.

Given the fact that Amanda Collins’s attacker snuck up behind her and grabbed her, she likely didn’t even have a chance to use her martial arts training to defend herself.  What’s more, while martial arts training can be very advantageous in self-defense, martial arts require close contact which, even with training, gives a large attacker the advantage.  But had Collins been carrying a concealed handgun – which she was licensed to do – it would have, at the least, given her one more option to overcome her rapist instead of having to submit to a horrid act of victimization, and in the act she could have prevented the additional rapes, and the murder, that the man went on to commit.  Guns have been called “the great equalizer” precisely because they can give women the ability to fend off attackers who may be bigger and stronger than they are.

Personally, I would like to know where Senator Hudak’s anti-gun group got their statistics, and whether the senator has bodyguards who carry guns, or if she herself carries a gun.  Given her condescension in this case, it would not surprise me to find out that she is a hypocrite, as well.



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