Campus carry is in the news once again. With Texas currently considering a bill that would allow law-abiding citizens to carry on public universities folks from both sides of the gun divide are weighing in.
This week two prominent female voices jumped into the fray: conservative author and columnist S.E. Cupp and gun-control activist Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
On Monday, Cupp published an opinion piece on CNN.com entitled, “Guns for Women on Campus Make Sense” and Watts followed up on Tuesday with, “More Guns on Campus is Not the Answer to Sexual Assault,” published by MSNBC.
Both women do a good job of laying out their arguments. To recap, Cupp believes that individuals, specifically women, should have the capacity to defend themselves from attackers while on campus whereas Watts believes allowing pistol permit holders on school grounds will endanger public safety as campus lifestyle (carousing, partying, etc.) and guns don’t mix.
Below I’ve excerpted the closing statements from both ladies. You make the call on who had the more persuasive argument.
So why, then, do women still get raped?
Likewise, I listened carefully but heard no outrage from women’s rights groups over the University of Colorado’s tips for female students to avoid being attacked. Some bordered on the absurd, like “vomiting or urinating may convince the attacker to leave you alone.” Others were downright offensive, like “passive resistance may be your best defense.”
So, rather than allow a woman to actually defend herself, the University of Colorado believes a woman can urinate her way out of a rape or she might just have to sit there and take it.
When will this madness end? And when will feminists demand that women on college campuses be allowed to protect and defend themselves against sexual assault?
We’ve tried things your way for a long time, colleges. And disarming students and pretending there’s no problem hasn’t worked. Isn’t it time to bring common sense back to campus?
As a mother of five children—three of whom will be away at college this fall—the issue of campus carry is very personal. Like any mom, my primary concern is for my children’s safety—especially when they’re away from home. The thought that my daughters could be surrounded by students making impulsive and sometimes dangerous decisions while carrying a firearm or be expected to defend themselves with a gun, is not something I am willing to accept.
Speak up, parents—this is on us. Don’t allow the NRA to decide what’s best for our children. State legislatures should not force our schools to allow guns. They need to know voters – the people who pay their salaries – are paying attention and we demand they stop exploiting the campus sexual assault crisis to profit the gun lobby and gun manufacturers.
The NRA is right that our daughters need protection; they need their parents to protect them from the NRA.
Well, who won the debate? Who made the more persuasive case? Where do you stand on campus carry?