College Women Too Weak to Carry Guns for Self-Defense, Claims Gun-Control Leader

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)

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • jimmykl September 16, 2015, 5:16 pm

    NYAGV and Mom’s Demand Action must be competing to see who can have the biggest idiot as a spokesperson. I think Barrets comments here have just put her well ahead of Shannon Watts. Hopefully some night she will wake up to sound of someone smashing through her front door and find herself wishing that the toy she keeps in her nightstand ran on bullets instead of batteries.

  • DHC September 16, 2015, 5:01 pm

    So much for freedom of speech can’t believe they’re not posting my comments wen they r saying nothing bad at all about this website just the blind person they’re talking about in this article this is the last chance if I don’t see this post I will b unsubscribing very soon

  • BigR September 14, 2015, 8:01 pm

    Maybe one day, this woman will wish she had a gun on her, just before the rape starts! You just can’t make any sense of these liberals! This woman actually believes that women should just lay down and enjoy the rape, and be secure in her mind that the rapist will just get up and leave as soon as he’s done.

  • Mikial September 14, 2015, 6:30 pm

    And women do not see something wrong with this moron’s comment? Apparently they do since handgun sales to women is at an all time high. Liberals are such complete morons.

  • Gary September 14, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Yep, Democraps think repubs have a War on women sure sounds like it the other way around.

  • Andrew N. September 14, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Too weak? Really? Women physically carry around children, and last time I checked, they are heavier than a concealable handgun. I use the example above not to insult women with the “traditional” role, but as a direct response to a female who seems bent on the old “a woman’s frail constitution” malarkey. I served with extremely capable women in our military, as well as the U.S. Postal Service, where at certain offices, my “go-to guys” for the extra or harder work were women. My Wife shoots both a .40 S&W in a Browning BDA, a .327 Federal Magnum Ruger Single-Seven, a .40 S&W in a Firestar (compact), as well as a full-sized Finnish Model 39 Mosin-Nagant in 76.2x54r. ( Comparable to a .30-06) and enjoys all of them immensely. Women are more than capable, and deserve the Right to defend themselves against a physically stronger assailant.

  • Al September 14, 2015, 3:40 pm

    Here’s a suggestion: We all know the college campuses are seas of denim and hormones and securing weapons on campus might be problematic for ‘Animal House’ frat boys and the like: How about a well advertised campaign of stationing plain clothes police decoys on campus? (BTW, if a girl is going to get raped, her highest probability is with a spiked drink in a frathouse filed with horney frat boys).

  • Larry September 14, 2015, 2:57 pm

    The fact that he made that stupid, insipid claim on rag head TV certainly makes sense. My wife is 70 years old & arthritic but she can still blow your head clean off should you come crashing thru a door or window at my house! And, should one of the little college girls find herself being brutalized, I’ll bet she would find the strength to fire a handgun center mass multiple times.

  • Magic Rooster September 14, 2015, 2:40 pm

    This woman is a lobbyist, and is simply regurgitating the bull shit she has been fed.
    She deserves no more thought.
    The next time your dog or cat shits in the yard, take a picture of the turd and send it to her email, twitter or Facebook
    Hell, take a picture of YOUR turd and send it to her.
    Just Google her name, you’ll see the addresses.
    Nothin like a good electronic “shit on you”..

  • Tripwire September 14, 2015, 1:15 pm

    Am I the only one to notice that across the board Liberals have adopted the tactic of just talking non stop, interrupting non stop and in the end they stop all actual debate? I think the cop was trying to disagree with her but being polite wouldn’t force it, Liberals have no intention of being polite or allowing any “discussion” to take place, disrupt, interrupt, run the clock out and at the end nobody will have any idea what the truth is.
    The only way to have an actual debate with a liberal involved is to have everybody hooked to earphones and a mic, or each in a sound proof booth, when the speakers time is up turn off their mike and do not put the camera on the one interrupting.

  • Dave Hicks September 14, 2015, 11:26 am

    They think what they want or don’t think. My daughter 5′ 2″ carries her own weapons. Knows how to use them also, but she didn’t go to college either.

  • AB September 14, 2015, 10:08 am

    The military thinks women can carry firearms. The claim they can’t is bogus anyway.

  • LouisianaMan September 14, 2015, 9:55 am

    If a Republican were stupid enough to say this, it would be decried on MSM evening news, Washington Post, and NY Times as “sexist” and part of the propaganda lie known as the “War on Women.” I guess Ms. Barrett would rather women be raped than defend themselves–why so misogynistic? Why the assumption that women are incompetent? I guess since victimhood is the ultimate status symbol to the modern-day Left, Barrett would prefer that (other) women be martyred rather than protected from rape and murder.

    Did anyone think to ask her if SHE would prefer to be raped rather than defend herself? Or is she a spineless weakling who would wring her hands and plead for mercy from the merciless while she and/or her family were raped, sodomized, tortured, and slaughtered? So why does she project her own helplessness and inability to face stern reality on all other women? I guess any of her relatives and friends had better be OK with the idea that Barrett will NOT “have their back” if a crisis occurs. Good luck to them all, may they “run between the raindrops and not get wet.”

  • Koushiro September 14, 2015, 8:22 am

    Like most things its all bullshit my wife has been raised around firearms and she’s tiny in comparison to many women but she can handle a pistol just a well as me. her weapon of choice is the polish p-64 9×18 model m pistol
    concealed in her purse and her other favorite is her yugo m88a pistol! The idiots who talk this type of bullshit
    are in reality the victims.

    Any woman can be trained its just most don’t care.

    until the situation smacks them in their face!

  • flipfew September 14, 2015, 4:22 am

    another example of politicians trying to make decisions that greatly impact the average Americans life without even having the perspective of an average American.

  • DRAINO September 12, 2015, 3:40 pm

    …..And with a middle name like “Gunn” and last name of “Barrett”….You can almost bet that someone who named her in her family is a gun nut!….LOL!!! How Ironic.

  • John September 12, 2015, 11:57 am

    GOD made men and women differently, all shapes and sizes. GUNS make us all equals. I don’t care what size a person is , man or women. If they have a gun on me. They have my undivided attention. Though out history, weaker people , have beaten stronger forces with superior firepower. Women should learn marksmanship. Don’t let this foolish women scare you. Take a NRA certified training course. Join the NRA and enjoy safe shooting sports. Size isn’t a factor to enjoy shooting. Send a message to these idiots . Show them you can do it. HYPOCRITES. They say women are egual, then tell you that your to frail for a gun. Make your own decisions. It’s your choice, not hers.

  • DRAINO September 12, 2015, 6:58 am

    Wow! Old fashioned is one thing, but this woman is something else. Guns are “playing field levelers”. Not sure I have personally heard of a story where a gun has been taken away from a woman and used on them. It may have happened, but I have not heard of it. All the women that I know take carrying a firearm seriously. To the point of seeking training and practice frequently. I would say they are more prepared and trained than most men that carry. And she has apparently never heard of Rhonda Rousy…LOL!!!

    • AWorkerIntheFIELDS November 16, 2015, 12:51 pm

      Of course this woman would say this, she is probably a died in the wool ‘”King Andrew of Cuomo” follower. Remember the ridiculous Safe NY ACT? To my knowledge, it really hasn’t saved one life! Thanks to the Black Market. So obviously, she really has no idea about reality.
      Secondly, if you are seriously thinking about carrying a weapon, you have to remember, you have to have the mind set of kill or be killed. And no second thoughts.

  • Martin B September 11, 2015, 5:00 pm

    Middle name Gunn but she doesn’t believe in them. Does she believe in herself? I think she’s fictional. Her ideas are pure fantasy. College thugs need to have a few “rape whistle” .45ACPs pointed in their direction. Fire at will.

    • DC September 15, 2015, 9:06 pm

      What a piece of blind s### how can anyone possibly believe those church goers would not have been safer if they wer armed they wouldn’t been able to drop him b4 killing anyone else wow sum people I swear they need to get out of they’re little the world is so safe bubble

    • DC September 16, 2015, 4:51 pm

      I posted a good comment last night but it never was printed on here that’s not cool if it happens agn I will never post agn and unsubscribe to these emails cuz I think that pretty hypocritical to only post the ones they like

    • DC September 16, 2015, 4:57 pm

      Well it happened agn r they only posting the ones they like so much for our constitutional rights getting trampled agn and I never would’ve expected this from GUNSAMERICA

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