UPDATED: Campus Gun Ban Bill May Be Yanked

March 8, 2013

Hudak’s comments have created a firestorm of criticism in recent days, and sent the left scrambling to change the subject

DENVER – Before the marathon debate over seven gun-control bills in the Senate began Friday, reports surfaced that a bill to ban concealed carry weapons on college campuses may be withdrawn because of the loud protest against controversial remarks made by Democrat legislators.                        

After a rape victim testified against the bill on Monday and recalled a brutal assault on a gun-free zone campus, state Sen. Evie Hudak (D-Westminster) asserted that women shouldn’t carry weapons because statistics show they’re more likely to be overpowered and shot or killed by a rapist.

Republican leaders demanded that Hudak apologize at the start of the legislative session Friday, but Hudak refused.

“Senator Hudak was profoundly disrespectful to a victim of rape who took the time out of her day to share her story and fight for the right of women to protect themselves from violent crimes,” declared state GOP Chair Ryan Call.

Rape victim Amanda Collins told the Senate State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee that she regretted obeying the “gun free zone” 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,” asserted Hudak. “For every one woman who used a handgun in self-defense, 83 were murdered.”

Hudak misstated the source of her statistics that were actually produced by the Violence Policy Center. But, the Center told The Denver Post that “no data exist for instances of a woman killed by a man who used her gun against her.”

Call and the Colorado Republican Committee have asked Hudak to “apologize for misrepresenting statistics she used in a shameful attempt to discredit a rape victim.”

“Before Senator Hudak tows the Democratic Party line and votes to make it more difficult for women to protect themselves from violent criminals, she must stand on the Floor of the state Senate and apologize for both her insensitive comments and for misleading Coloradans,” declared Call.

Hudak’s comments have been the target of intense criticism in recent days, generating national media as gun control supporters have scrambled to change the subject.

Alan Franklin of ProgressNow Colorado has encouraged supporters of the liberal group to wear pink on Friday “in solidarity with women victims of domestic violence who will gain protection from Senate Bill 197 – and to stand with progressive women lawmakers who have borne the brunt of the right wing’s senseless attacks and threats during this debate.”

One of the “progressive women lawmakers” who back stricter gun controls is Rep. Claire Levy (D-Boulder), a sponsor of Senate Bill 1226 to ban concealed carry permitted guns on university and college campuses.

“I make no assertion that this bill will either increase or reduce violent crime,” admitted Levy during debate. “That is not the premise of the bill.”

In fact, the bill’s co-sponsor Sen. Rollie Heath (D-Boulder) and Levy said that the bill would protect students and professors who testified they were “intimidated and uncomfortable” by concealed carry weapons.


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3 Responses to UPDATED: Campus Gun Ban Bill May Be Yanked

  1. wrongheifer
    March 8, 2013 at 11:22 am

    I feel sorry for the victims of rape…for the victims of abuse…the victims of LIFE!…You cannot stop evil people from doing evil deeds…THESE THINGS ARE GOING TO HAPPEN…YOU arent PUNISHING THE BAD…you are hobbling the good.

    Let us keep our guns to Prevent these tragic events…

  2. wrongheifer
    March 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

    It applies to our Second Amendment Rights…and we don’t agree…

  3. March 8, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Yeah Hudak lies, more women will die and be raped: my Washington Times pic yesterday on this shameless bogus stat the Dems base their destructive bills on: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/7/overbeck-colorado-lawmakers-base-anti-gun-laws-bog/


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