Concerned About Sexual Assaults on Campus? Let Women Defend Themselves.

One of the hot-button issues of the last year is about to get even more contentious. After a year in which both the White House and many members of Congress have sought to highlight what they say is an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses, legislators in ten states are seeking to change the laws to make it easier for women to defend themselves against assailants. But don’t expect the president and many of those who have done so much to try and focus attention on the issue to be supporting these initiatives. That’s because the measures in question are an attempt to change the law to make it possible for students and faculty to carry firearms on college campuses. Stopping rape may be important to some people, but not so important as to cause them to join forces with the gun-rights movement.

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