Joe Salazar, liberal/socialist/Democrat (LSD) - Thornton, Colorado should have his head examined if he finds out that he actually has one. Debating whether or not to allow women to carry concealed weapons (i.e. guns) on campus, Salazar magnanimously admitted to "gender (he means "sexual" ) inequities" on campus.
"It's why we have call boxes. It's why we have safe zones. It's why we have whistles. Because you don't know who you're gonna be shooting at." Every coed in the State of Colorado must feel safer already.
Call boxes are great things to have around if you can get to one in an emergency. Even if you have time to make the call, how much time will elapse before help arrives?
As for "safe zones," it must have escaped Mr. Salazar's notice that they didn't work well at all at Virginia Tech, Aurora, Columbine, or Shady Hook. In each of those cases, the shooters counted on the fact that they were about to open fire in a "safe zone." They knew they'd be safe. Nobody else would be armed.
Whistles? Granted, they get your attention. But what makes Mr. Salazar, and for that matter the rest of his LSD buddies, think that help will automatically come a-runnin' when a lady blows her whistle? Has Mr. Salazar never heard of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death even though as many as 38 witnesses heard her desperate cries for help and did nothing?
On her way home from work on March 13, 1964, at 2 AM, Miss Genovese was stabbed in the back two times by Winston Moseley as she tried to get away from him. "Oh my God. He stabbed me," she screamed. "Please help me!" A window opened and a neighbor shouted, "Leave that girl alone." Mosely ran to his car and drove off. Nobody called police.
Moseley then pulled over and waited a couple of blocks away. When he was sure that the police hadn't been called, he went back to the scene. Badly injured, Miss Genovese had staggered to the back entrance of her apartment building. Too weak to manage the locked door, she collapsed out of sight. Moseley hunted her down. When he found her, he stabbed her several more times as she fought back and cried for help. Over the course of half an hour, Moseley raped and robbed her. As many as 38 people heard her screams. Nobody helped.
Kitty Genovese died in an ambulance on the way to the hospital a couple of hours after the attack.
But Salazar wasn't finished. Not by a long shot. No pun intended.
"And you don't know if you feel like you're gonna be raped, or if you feel like you're in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you...pop a round at somebody."
"You don't know if you feel like you're gonna be raped," he says. Shades of Todd Akin and his misguided concept of "legitimate rape." Does Mr. Salazar mean somebody like Ted Bundy? All handsome and seemingly harmless right up to the moment when he strikes? It's possible that Miss Genovese may have thought that Moseley was "harmless" when first she saw him.
Admittedly, there are those who today refer to the murder of Kitty Genovese an "urban myth." It doesn't take much imagination to imagine Mr. Salazar and his LSD friends numbered among them. After all, nobody saw the actual stabbing. One witness said that Moseley and Genovese were "standing close together, not fighting or anything."
Well, if one has rape and robbery in his heart, he wouldn't exactly shout his intentions from across the street. It stands to reason that Moseley would have wanted to keep that information strictly confidential, between just the two of them, don't you think? So, of course he was close to her. It's also reasonable to deduce that when he confronted Miss Genovese, she was initially surprised. She was getting out of her car. Moseley must have seemed to come out of nowhere. It must have taken her a few precious seconds to figure out what he was up to and when she knew for certain, she tried to run. By then, it was too late.
Although the University of Colorado's Department of Public Safety would probably disagree with that assessment. They would likely say that, had Kitty Genovese been "informed," she might be alive today. Maybe, back in 1964, if it existed atl all, the UCDPS's "modern" strategy was in its developmental stage or its success wasn't yet documented. If it's documented even now.
"Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating," they suggest, assuming that the attacker will listen, which is anything but a given.
Or, "vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone." Ok. Who knows? Any of those helpful tips "may" discourage an attacker. Then again, any one of them may also serve to fan the flame. They don't call those guys "perverts" for nothing.
Besides, can anyone urinate on cue? Aside from Joe Salazar that is? Even if you can, would you really want to bet your life on it?
Here's a relevation for you, Mr. Salazar: if a woman feels like she's being stalked, like she's in serious trouble and about to be raped, the odds are heavily in favor that she's probably correct. If that's what's happening, there is no time to dawdle. If she has time to act, that time is right now. There is nothing in the world that gives an attacker as much pause as seeing a gun in the hands of a potential victim.
Too bad that Kitty Genovese didn't have one.