“When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?” Beckel, a co-host of Fox News' “The Five,” asked his co-hosts on Tuesday's show. “What are you talking about?” co-host Eric Bolling responded. “It’s rampant.” Co-host Dana Perino added, “In particular, date rape on campus.”
Beckel apologized on the Wednesday edition of “The Five” for his comments on Tuesday that questioned the prevalence of rapes on campus. “It's a horrible, horrendous issue. And it's simply put, this, rape is rape. Whether it's date rape or it's somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way,” he said. “And so, I just want to straighten the record out on that. I simply was trying to make -- there was not a distinction to make here. It simply was that date rape is rape. And that is, by any other definition, rape is rape.”
Beckel’s comments and ensuing apology stemmed from a discussion he and his co-hosts were engaged in, relating to the proposal to ban concealed weapons on Colorado campuses. Democratic Colorado Rep. Joe Salazar thought he was being eloquent when he in support of the ban he argued, “It’s why we have call boxes. It’s why we have safe zones. That’s why we have the whistles, because you just don’t know who you’re going to 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 was publicly criticized and slammed for his argument.
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