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Tuesday on The Glenn Beck Program, Glenn interviewed five rape survivors who were staunch supporters of the second amendment. In the current post-Sandy Hook political climate, federal and state legislators across the country are pushing for increased gun control. But the women who joined Glenn tonight made strong arguments about why they disagreed with the infringement of the right to bear arms.
The show focused heavily around comments made by Democratic state legislators in Colorado about how women should handle a potential attacked.
Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar said, “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.”
Many of the women were insulted by these remarks, specifically criticizing the efforts of progressive politicians eagerness to pass laws related to abortion and what happens to a woman’s body, while at the same time denying them the choice to carry a gun as protection.
But comments weren’t only directed at politicians at the state level. the During the interview, Kim Corban Weeks derided Joe Biden’s comments on how people can still go out and buy a shotgun.
Biden told a crowd, “If you want to protect yourself, get a double barrel shotgun. Have the shells for a 12 gauge shotgun, and I promise you, as I told my wife—we live in an area that’s wooded and somewhat secluded—I said, Jill, if there’s ever problem, just walk out on the balcony here, walk out, put that double-barreled shotgun and fire two blasts outside the house. I promise you whoever’s coming in is not going. You don’t need an AR15. It’s harder to aim, it’s harder to use. And in fact, you don’t need 30 rounds to protect yourself. Buy a shotgun. Buy a shotgun.”
Weeks said, “With all due respect to happen when she’s done with those two shots and they keep coming? Do you really think those warning shots are going to fend somebody off?”
“It’s a slippery slope,” she added. “Why would you mandate how many shots I can have.”
Weeks wasn’t the only one disturbed by the anti-gun rhetoric coming from politicians.
Glenn asked the women if there was anything they wanted to make sure the audience heard. Amanda Collins, who was raped on her campus’s gun-free zone not far from the campus police, spoke up about why she disagrees with taking away the “equalizing factor” of the gun.
“It’s nice that I was in a safe zone but my attacker didn’t care that I was in a safe zone. I was denied the one equalizing factor that I had when I was up against a man who was much larger than me,” Collins said. “A firearm is the one equalizing factor.”
“And there’s a lot of hypotheticals being thrown out there…but this is my reality,” she said.
“My biggest question that I yet to get an answer on is: How does rendering me defenseless protect you against a violent crime?” Collins said.
When Glenn asked them whether gun control was about guns or control, they all agreed it was about control.
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