Last night, at a CNN townhall on gun control, Colorado rape victim Kimberly Weeks Corban stood up to President Obama over his proposed gun control measures. Weeks Corban chronicled her horrific attack in a Revealing Politics post in 2013. Watch last night’s clip below:
KIM: “As a survivor of rape and now the mother to two small children, it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing and being able to carry that where ever we are, where ever me and my family are, it seems like a basic responsibility as a parent at this point. I have been unspeakably victimized once already and I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my kids. So, why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting that make it harder for me to own a gun or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and me less safe?”
Obama starts down the road explaining that she can still buy a firearm, but, then, he takes a turn toward former Sen. Hudak, who condescendingly told rape victim Amanda Collins in 2013 that the stats were not on her side. Here is what former Sen. Evie Hudak said in 2013:
“I just want to say that, actually, statistics are not on your side even if you had had a gun. You said that you were a marshal arts student, I mean person, experienced in tae kwan do, and yet because this individual was so large, he was able to overcome you, even with your skills. And, chances are that if you would have had a gun, then he would have been able to get that from you and possibly use it against you….”
Here’s what President Obama said last night:
“What is true is that you have to be pretty well-trained in order to fire a weapon against someone who is assaulting you and catches you by surprise…. If you look at the statistics, there is no doubt that there have been times that someone who has a weapon has been able to protect themselves and scare off an intruder or an assailant, but what is more often the case, is that they may not have been able to protect themselves, but that they end up being the victim of the weapon that they purchased themselves.”
Holy crap, President Obama. Didn’t you do any homework on the backlash that Sen. Evie Hudak received for being so condescending towards a rape victim?
We have no doubt that after the horrific experience that Weeks Corban went through, she is now fierce with a gun. But, that’s beside the point. The point is that Weeks Corban – and all women for that matter – should have a choice in how they defend themselves.
President Obama’s new rules only frustrate the process of expressing our Second Amendment rights and could potentially make guns more expensive, and out of reach, for some women. President Obama owes Weeks Corban an apology for his condescending response.