As I clicked, and scanned various news pieces in order to decide today’s topic–and had come across several notable bits that piqued my interest–I was stopped dead in my digital tracks when I came upon a column from Salon writer Andrea Flynn. For a moment, I thought I was reading satire, but as I continued to trudge through Flynn’s article, I realized that lighting had struck. This was it, this was the article I’ve been waiting for all my life; a piece so thoroughly idiotic that it screamed to be torn to shreds. So that’s what I’m going to do.
The piece Andrea Flynn penned for Salon is titled: “GOP’s bizarre, lethal solution to the campus rape crisis.” In her piece, Flynn argues that pushing for the availability of concealed carry on college campuses is just a ploy by NRA-funded Republicans, and that such a move would make campuses wildly more dangerous—specifically for women. Why, you ask? Well, let’s break it down into more eatable, bite-sized pieces.
“Today, lawmakers in at least 14 states are pushing forward measures that would loosen gun regulations on college campuses. In the last few days a number of them have seized upon the growing public outcry over campus sexual assault to argue that carrying a gun would prevent women from being raped. (So far they’ve been silent on how we might prevent young men – who, of course, would also be allowed to carry a gun – from attempting to rape women in the first place.)”
This argument, that loosening firearm carry restrictions for law-abiding women would lead to men also obtaining guns to be used in rape scenarios, is flawed. It’s a case of understanding who obeys laws, and who does not. A criminal–such as a rapist, or a man intent on committing rape–is already in the process of defying the law. Aside from simply being heinous, rape is illegal. As such, does Andrea Flynn believe that a rapist would care about a designated “Gun Free Zone?” Does she believe that a “Gun Free Zone” would keep a rapist from bringing a gun onto campus? If so, Salon needs to vet their writers more effectively.
As someone who is already committing, or has intent to commit, a crime, why would a rapist decide to obey campus gun restrictions? By their nature, criminals do not obey the law—that’s why they’re called criminals.
To argue that loosening firearm restrictions on campuses would lead to rapists having guns is akin to arguing that loosening firearm restrictions in banks would lead to bank robbers having guns. Does Andrea Flynn believe that banks are more protected because many of them are designated “Gun Free Zones?” I would assume not, because someone intent on robbing a bank won’t obey the law anyway. I guess she’s never heard of bank robberies. It’s not like they’re on the news almost every day.
Additionally, within that beautiful nugget of stupid, she writes “In the last few days a number of them…argue that carrying a gun would prevent women from being raped.”