Editor’s note: Kudos to the “New York Times” for running a brief but very powerful op-ed from gun-rights advocate Amanda Collins. If you’re not familiar with Amanda’s story, it’s quite harrowing. The fact that she is alive and well today is a testament to her personal strength and indomitable character. Everyone, irrespective of their views on firearms, should look to Ms. Collins for inspiration.
In college eight years ago, I was raped in a parking garage only feet from the campus police office.
I could see the police cruisers parked for the night as this stranger raped me, pistol to my head. I knew no one was coming to help me.
At the time of my attack, I had a Nevada concealed carry permit. But in Nevada, permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms on campuses. As someone who obeys the law, I left my firearm at home when I went to school. The law that was meant to safeguard me – the gun-free zone – only guaranteed I would be defenseless.
Eventually the man was caught, tried and convicted – not just for using a gun in gun-free zone, but also for raping two other women and murdering one. My attacker was not a student, nor did he have a concealed-carry weapon permit.