Women just don’t have the physical strength to use a gun for self-defense on college campuses, at least according to New Yorkers Against Gun Violence Executive Director Leah Gunn Barrett.
Barrett made the completely unfounded claim on an episode of Third Rail on Al Jazeera. The claim was further devalued given it was made in front of Florida state Rep. Rehwinkel Vasilinda, who, while in college, used a gun to prevent her attempted rape.
Vasilinda wants college women on Florida campuses to be able to protect themselves with a firearm, but Barrett argued that campuses are “some of the safest places in the nation.”
Barrett was puzzled by Vasilinda’s views and wondered why anyone would “want to change that” by arming law-abiding women. Barrett added that she would never let her daughter attend a college where women were allowed to do such things.
Vasilinda tried explaining that colleges aren’t quite as safe as Barrett has been led to believe, and that 20 percent of college women are subjected to rape.
Still, Barrett adamantly shunned the use of guns by women, arguing that because they are “weaker” than men, they shouldn’t use a weapon that could stop their more powerful assailant.
“Women are not physically powerful like men,” said Barrett. “A gun could easily be turned on the woman, and it is frequently.”
Barrett later added that the nine unarmed church-goers who were fatally shot in Charleston would not have been any safer had they been armed.
(This article was a submission from freelance writer Brent Rogers)