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Rep. Joe Salazar’s Unacceptable Non-Apology

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar telling women they’re incapable of determining when there is or isn’t a threat against them:

And here’s his “apology,” courtesy of KDVR:

“I’m sorry if I offended anyone. That was absolutely not my intention,” Salazar said. “We were having a public policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don’t believe they do. That was the point I was trying to make. If anyone thinks I’m not sensitive to the dangers women face, they’re wrong.

In classic liberal fashion, Salazar hasn’t apologized for his offensive claim that women can’t tell whether or not they’re in danger of being raped. Instead, he’s apologized that you were too stupid to understand him.

But what’s equally disturbing is Salazar’s claim he doesn’t “believe” guns make campuses safer. The data is readily available. Colleges are required to report their crime statistics to the FBI in a uniform report that is publicly available. If Salazar weren’t blindfolding himself to the world and blasting the party line at 120 decibels, five minutes of research would have shown him that sex offenses at Colorado State University fell off a cliff in the wake of the 2003 concealed carry law.

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  • Salazar should be censured by the CO Legislature. How dare he?!

  • It’s time Colorado got rid of ALL the Salazars! Heriditary rule, family business, professional politician or monarchy should no longer be the accepted norm.

  • Liberal mantra: Never let the facts get in the way of your agenda, and of course never, Never let a good crisis go to waste..

  • Correlation does not equal causation, do you have any data that ties the two statistics together? If I produce a chart that shows all kinds of horrid things happened right after 2003, I’m going to guess you would not accept it just on correlation alone. And besides, as your own Y axis on the graph indicates, the number of offenses have been so historically small that even small changes in the number of assaults can create large percentage changes overall that might lead to overly strong conclusions on the efficacy of conceal carry in reducing sexual assault on campus.

    I do think it merits pointing out that these sorts of crime didn’t increase after enacting conceal carry, but I think you are reading far, far too much into crime statistics to give conceal carry all the credit for the decrease (that may not have been all that significant in terms of actual numbers vs. percents). I’m going to make a wild guess that Joe Q. sexual offender doesn’t even weigh such things as conceal carry. We already live in a society with ubiquitous guns, it would be beyond foolhardy games theory for a potential offender to think that pre-2003 there were no guns on students so hey let’s go for it.

    Also, did definitions of sexual offenders change in a way that dropped reports? Did something else besides conceal carry happen in 2003 that was significant? A quick google search indicates that in 2003, CSU-Pueblo began a relationship with the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Department (PCSD) to provide law enforcement services. They now trumpet this newly enhanced relationship as a critical reason why the Pueblo campus much safer now. Please provide more specific data demonstrating how allowing concealed carry led to the decrease if you are going to make this bold claim.

    • Just as you can’t prove your “guess” either….. You cannot prove your statements of conviction either… But the statistics are real that the occurrences went down…. So take your VILE rhetoric to a gun-banned country… Since you are NOT a believer in this Nation’s Constitution….

    • I looked into crime at colleges in Colorado (most campuses passed campus gun bans after the 2003 law) and colleges in the United States for the same time period.

      Crime on campuses in Colorado over the same period was relatively stagnant, in the whole US, it trended up. CSU trended down after ’03.

      Limiting the discussion to just sex offenses yields similar results. Sex assaults in the US trended up, and although there was a slight reduction in sex assaults in Colorado; relatively speaking, sex crimes at CSU were far more front-loaded (i.e. much more common before ’03 than after) and fell further and faster.

      Finally, it is wholly unnecessary to prove this causation as we need only to demonstrate that it doesn’t make things worse. The sky-is-falling predictions of blood in the streets by administrators and anti-gun groups like the Brady Campaign were demonstrably false. They did not happen.

      Every time new data emerges showing the benefits of concealed carry, it is attacked with the same predictable argument: “correlation doesn’t equal causation.” How many times do we need to see the same correlation before this argument is exhausted?

      More to the point, why are anti-gun zealots allowed to continue predicting rampant shootouts if concealed carry is introduced when these claims have zero supporting evidence?

      • Compare and contrast the crime rate at CSU (with no gun ban) and the University of Colorado (which DID impose a gun ban, and saw crime – particularly violent crime, such as assault and rape) increase over the same period.

        Furthermore, there have been NO documented instances of a CCW permit holder committing a violent (or other) criminal act on campus – a fact noted the the Sheriffs’ Association amicus brief filed in the case which overturned the CU Gun Ban:
        http://www.clearthebenchcolorado.org/2012/03/06/colorado-supreme-court-upholds-colorado-court-of-appeals-rejection-of-cu-gun-ban/

      • Can you maybe compile the stats and resources you used to do this? That would be hugely helpful to me in some arguments I’m having.

    • Jessica makes an excellent point. We can not determine whether CC, extra security, or another 3rd variable caused the change. You can either interpret this data as proof of nothing or possible evidence that CC might reduce rape.

      However, there has been over a decade of extensive research showing that CC deters murder and rape everywhere else in the United States. Additionally, there is no graph (that I’m aware of) showing that CC on campuses seem to be causing any problems.

      I feel that the burden of proof should rest on those who wish to limit constitutional rights!

  • Lots of dumbocraps and GOPhers, not a true American in sight…

    “Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience.” ~ John Locke 1690

    “The state of nature has a law of nature to govern it, which obliges every one: and reason, which is that law, teaches all mankind, who will but consult it, that being all equal and independent, no one ought to harm another in his life, health, liberty, or possessions.” ~ John Locke 1690

    I guess next stop from here is the Apparatchik Plantation, eh’ folks?

  • Sad to see that Democrats seem to be pro rape

    • They’re not “pro rape” per say, more like “pro” crime in general, as that constitutes a major percentage for electorate.

      Disarming innocent non-criminal citizenry will make just it sooo easy for the underclass to prey upon them, causing those formerly born with Rights to seek out the political commissars for protection and sustenance…

      10 Planks indeed 😉

  • Colorado state representative Salazar’s self-serving “apology” definitely NOT accepted.
    Salazar’s comment is even WORSE than Akin’s stupid “legitimate rape” comment –
    he belittles and demeans women, patronizingly telling them that they’re too stupid to recognize and appropriately respond to a legitimate threat.
    Despicable.

  • An apology should not have been needed. He should have thought before he spoke. This issue is NOT politics…it is the defense of each girl and woman to be prepared to defend against an attacker. I just know if someone was running toward me and I had a whistle (providing I could quickly find it in my purse), would I have the terrified breath to use it! A well trained gal with a weapon is prepared to ward off attackers! A whistle…REALLY!!!!