In a stunning display of hubris-induced political grandstanding, Colorado Senator Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) sucked the air out of the Senate Committee hearing room this week with her remarks aimed at a rape victim testifying against House Bill 13-1226 which aims to forbid lawful concealed carry on college campuses in Colorado.
After hearing the gut-wrenching story of how former University of Nevada student Amanda Collins was violently attacked on the grounds of a legislatively established “gun free zone,” Senator Hudak just couldn’t help herself.
After dusting off the talking points provided to her by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s well financed lobbying team in Colorado, Hudak confronted Ms. Collins in an effort to trivialize her story. “…actually, statistics aren’t on your side, even if you had had a gun, Hudak lectured.” She continued: “Those who carry concealed weapons increase the severity of a crime (and) increase the likelihood of death. For women especially, it’s more likely to be used against them and taken away from them. They are more easily overpowered … and I don’t want people to have a false sense of safety and security.”
Interestingly enough, the same lobbyists now working for Mayor Bloomberg’s gun control group – Adam Eichberg and Will Coyne — are the exact same lobbyists involved with a campaign finance dust up with Senator Hudak last year.
Mr. Eichberg has run into his own mini public relations nightmare recently after photos of the gun-control lobbyist happily firing an assault weapon surfaced. But, we digress.
Hudak’s grandstanding comes a couple of weeks after freshman Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton) made equally offensive comments on the floor of the Colorado House of Representatives suggesting that women can’t be trusted to carry concealed weapons on college campuses because they may fire off a few rounds if they think someone might be coming to rape them. Salazar went on to suggest that whistles, call boxes and safe zones are enough to keep women safe on college campuses around Colorado.
As many others are now pointing out, the double standard with respect to how the mainstream media treats Democrats attacking rape victims and the manner in which they went after candidates like Todd Akin(R-MO) and Richard Mourdock (R-IN) last election cycle is pretty striking. From our vantage point, politicians of every stripe would be well served to stick to mind their business and focus their efforts on issues like balancing the budget and providing for public safety.
At this point, we believe the manner in which Senator Hudak treated Amanda Collins is absolutely out of bounds. Unfortuantely, it looks as though Senator Hudak is establishing a pattern of bullying other women to get what she wants.
We’re hopeful that Senator Hudak will set aside her bullying tactics in an effort to engage in thoughtful, respectful debate during what’s left of the legislative session.