DENVER – State GOP Chairman Ryan Call today condemned Democrat state Sen. Evie Hudak for making “inappropriate and insensitive remarks” to a rape victim who testified against a bill that would ban concealed carry permitted handguns on college campuses.
“Senator Hudak has become an embarrassment to Colorado and a distraction in the State Senate,” said Call. “Her condescending attitude toward this young woman is not only reprehensible, it is indicative of the attitude of Colorado Democrats who think they know better.”
In opposition to a bill on Tuesday, Amanda Collins recalled the horror of being raped on a “gun free zone” campus.
Collins regretted obeying the law, leaving her permitted handgun at home and not having the opportunity to shoot in self-defense – an act that might have prevented the perpetrator from later raping two other women, and killing one of them.
“I just want to say that actually statistics are not on your side,” responded Hudak, a member of the Senate State, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. “For every one woman who used a handgun in self-defense, 83 were murdered.”
“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,” added Hudak.
“I know without a doubt in my mind that at some point I would have been able to stop my attack by using my firearm,” declared Collins. “He already had a weapon – he didn’t need mine.”
Hudak also said that those who carry concealed weapons “increase the severity of a crime, increase the likelihood of death.”
“For women especially, it’s more likely to be used against them and taken away from them,” asserted Hudak. “They are more easily overpowered… and I don’t want people to have a false sense of safety and security.”
Hudak’s remarks have gone viral – drawing national coverage on blogs, online and print publications, as well as radio and television.
The Westminster Democrat later attempted to apologize to Collins.
“Her weak excuses and half-hearted apologies just don’t cut it,” Call said in a statement Wednesday.
Call’s condemnation Wednesday follows talk of a potential effort to recall Hudak.
On Sean Hannity’s Fox TV show discussion of Hudak’s comments, Zerlina Maxwell, a Democratic strategist, said that women don’t need handguns, men need education.
“I don’t think that we should be telling women anything,” Maxwell said. “I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.”