Letters to the Editor

‘Campus Carry’ doesn’t protect women

The reality is, you will never be asked to choose between supporting “campus carry” or rape except by letter writer Rebekah Hargrove.

Strikingly, the rate of forcible rape on campuses that has recently enacted campus-carry laws is rising at an alarming rate.

After public colleges in Colorado were forced to allow campus carry, the rate of rape increased 36 percent in 2013. In Utah, the statistics have fluctuated in the past four years from 6.6 percent to 14 percent. Meanwhile the national average has been slowly decreasing.

It’s plain to see that an increase in guns on campus doesn’t lead to a reduced rate of assault.

Men make up 77 percent of permit holders in Florida, and to obtain a permit you have to be at least 21. Instead of arming young college women, it is arming potential attackers.

As a survivor of assault, I’m appalled at how we are being used to advance a political agenda. I’m being told once again that my assault is my fault.: Don’t dress a certain way, don’t go out, and make sure you arm yourself. The proponents of this bill might as well just say what they’re alluding to: If you didn’t do everything in your power to stop an assault, it’s your problem. Haven’t we heard enough of that?

If the proponents of Campus Carry l wanted to help women, they’d invest in preventive cultural change initiatives like #ItsOnUs. They’d reach out to survivor advocacy organizations. They’d assist in creating a college environment where women are heard, not because of a gunshot ringing across campus, but because of what they have to say.

But they don’t care about women. They care about gun sales and expanding their market into a demographic of young, vulnerable college students. That’s more attractive to them than justice or decency will ever be.

Jade Reindl, member,

Florida Coalition to Keep

Guns Off Campus, FSU,

Tallahassee

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