State Rep. Joe Salazar was in a debate last Friday about college students carrying concealed weapons on campus. He suggested that female students are too unpredictable to use any firearm, stating that women may not be able to tell whether or not they are actually in danger and end up pulling the trigger on innocent persons.
SALAZAR: It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, and 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 a round at somebody.
Salazar turned around and apologized for his remarks today. Salazar also stated that he was just trying to make a point that guns didn’t need to be on campus.
In 2010, women were 6 times more likely to be shot by husbands, boyfriends, and ex-partners than be murdered by male strangers.
• A woman's chances of being killed by her abuser increase more than 7 times if he has access to a gun.
• One study found that women in states with higher gun ownership rates were 5 times more likely to be murdered by a gun than women in states with lower gun ownership rates.
There is a time and a place and regardless you should feel safe at school, and if you don’t maybe it’s time to talk to someone. Officials, the school, see what can be done to make their students feel safe. Guns at school seems a little over the top, some may feel it makes them feel safer, but there is also some non-lethal options as well. Do you think students with concealed weapons license should be able to carry on school grounds?