President Obama would rather disarm Americans than allow them to fight their rapists. That’s the takeaway message from a stunning exchange at Thursday night’s gun control townhall event on CNN. Kimberly Corban, a 2006 rape survivor, asked Obama why he wanted to crack down on guns when women can use guns to protect themselves from rapists:
As a survivor of rape and now a mother to two small children, you know it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing and being able to carry that where me and my family are – it seems like my basic responsibility as a parent at this point. I have been unspeakably victimized once already and I refused to let that happen again to myself or my kids. So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to 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 I less safe?
After pattering on about his sympathy for Corban and his unearned and patronizing pride for her – no tears for her rape, notably – Obama denied that any of his actions would make it more difficult for her to obtain a weapon. He completely ignored that he, like other Democrats, fights concealed carry weapons permits at every turn. Then he got to his real point: women don’t deserve guns, because they are incapable of defending themselves:
There are always questions as to whether or not having a firearm in the home protects you from that kind of violence…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. What is also true is always that possibility that firearm in the home leads to a tragic accident.
So, just to be clear, the President of the United States told a rape victim that she doesn’t need a firearm in the home because she probably won’t be able to defend herself from a rapist anyway, and one of her kids might shoot himself.
There’s that famed Obama sensitivity at work!
First off, as the Centers for Disease Control has reported, “Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.” Second, the chances of your child being killed in the home by a gun accidentally are about the same as the chances your child will drown in a bathtub. And Americans are approximately 51 times more likely to die of accidental poisoning than accidental shooting.
Beyond all of that, the morality of depriving a woman of her one shot to prevent her own rape because you doubt whether she is responsible enough to hide her gun from her toddler is mind-bogglingly patronizing and patriarchal. Obama can’t pretend sympathy for a rape victim, then suggest she shouldn’t even have a gun in the home, let alone in the street, to stop her own victimization.
The left’s myopic focus on guns rather than villains has costs. Those costs are borne by the victims of villains who target those who can’t defend themselves.