The gun control debate in Colorado took a tense turn Monday when a rape survivor bravely spoke about her horrible attack during a legislative hearing concerning Colorado’s proposed ban on concealed firearms on college campuses.
Rape survivor Amanda Collins recounted the story of her sexual assault, and explained that she wished she would have had a gun to defend herself from her rapist. She believes that had he been armed, she could have had a chance to prevent the attack from occurring.
Democratic state Senator Evie Hudak responded that Collins’ story was “unsettling,” but went on to cite statistics supporting the view that a gun wouldn’t have made a difference. Hudak said, “actually, statistics are not on your side, even if you had a gun.”
“You said that you were a martial arts student, I mean person, experienced in tae kwon do, and yet because this individual was so large, 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,” she said.
Hudak included a statistic that claimed for every woman who used a handgun to kill someone in self-defense, 83 had their own weapons turned against them, and were murdered.
“Respectfully senator, you weren’t there,” she protested. “Had I been carrying concealed, he wouldn’t have known I had my weapon; and I was there. I know without a doubt in my mind at some point I would’ve been able to stop my attack by using my firearm.”
Radio host Dana Loesch, who covered the story, added some contrary statistics from the FBI:
“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.”
Watch the video of the exchange below. Let us know what you think. Would rape survivor Amanda Collins have had a chance if she were carrying a gun?