For decades, the Left has correctly asserted that rape is not a crime of passion, it’s a crime of power. Second Amendment supporters have in turn pointed out that the great power equalizer is a gun. A small woman who is trained and armed is effectively equal to (or even greater than) a large man with evil on his mind. Last night on Fox’s Sean Hannity Show, however, a Democrat strategist insisted that the best way to deal with this inherent power imbalance isn’t to let women arm themselves. Instead, it’s “tell men not to rape women.”
On Tuesday night’s Sean Hannity Show, Democrat strategist Zerlina Maxwell — herself a rape victim — said that guns will never help women. The only way to prevent rape, she said, it to tell men to stop doing it. Although Maxwell conceded that telling women to use ball point pens to defend themselves is “ridiculous,” she went on to state that guns aren’t the answer either. Instead, scolding is:
I don’t think that we should be telling women anything. I think we should be telling men not to rape women and start the conversation there.
Fellow guest Gayle Trotter, a pro-gun advocate with the Independent Women’s Forum, and Sean Hannity were both shocked. They pointed out to Maxwell that criminals are not known for their listening skills and that millions of people every year successfully use guns to defend themselves. Maxwell was unimpressed. Maybe a stranger rapist won’t listen, to a firm “No,” but she’s pretty darn sure her “just talk to them” strategy will work if a women is on the receiving end of spousal abuse or date rape:
You’re talking about it is as if there’s some faceless, nameless criminal, when a lot of times it’s someone that you know and trust.
But, but, sputtered Hannity, “Evil exists in the world.” Again, Maxwell shrugged this off:
We can prevent rape by telling men not to commit it.
Showing herself more comfortable with fairies and unicorns than with the realities of life (despite the fact that she herself was raped), Maxwell was certain that educating men against rape was the best, and indeed only, way to deal with the problem:
I want women to be able to protect themselves, yes, but I want women to not be in this situation.
There are organizations that do this…. They train young men to not rape.
[snip]If firearms are the answer, then the military would be the safest place for women, and it’s not
Watching Maxwell speak, a few things became obvious. On the plus side, she is sweet, young, pretty, bright, and earnest. She is not the Nancy Pelosi face of the Democrat Party; she’s the darling girl next door who is coping as best she can with a devastating life experience. She’s also totally disconnected from reality.
The fact is that we already tell young men not to commit rape. Indeed, our whole societal structure is premised on our belief that young men can prevent themselves from raping. In this regard, we’re very different from Sharia-based cultures that believe men are incapable of resisting their animal urges when women use their sexual wiles against them. Worse, according to Sharia principles, women’s sexual wiles do not require affirmative conduct. Merely by showing themselves in public, they are evilly inciting man’s baser nature.
Because Sharia holds that women are predators and men are weak, Sharia’s solution is to confine women to their households or, if they must leave their homes, to envelope them in voluminous black or blue tents that leave only their eyes visible. That should quash men’s uncontrollable urges.
Thankfully, we have a different worldview in the West. In our schools, in our homes, and in our legal system, the overriding message is that men should never force sex on a woman, and that’s true even if that woman walks into a biker bar naked. Sex should always be mutually consensual. Our culture believes that the vast majority of men are decent people with self-control and strong moral willpower.
As Sean Hannity accurately noted, though, “evil exists in the world.” There will always be angry men, opportunistic men, sociopathic men, power-hungry men, or drugged or drunk men who either don’t care that the sex isn’t consensual or who actually prefer it that way. These are the men who have not been and will never be deterred by someone saying “You shouldn’t rape women.”
Maxwell’s point about women (and men) who are raped in the military is also based upon fantasy. While she’s right that it does happen, Maxwell seems to have forgotten what all of us learned in the aftermath of the Fort Hood massacre: the military also has gun free zones. Even in bases that allow guns, troops don’t normally sleep with a gun under their pillows, nor do they walk around with concealed carry weapons. In other words, they’re just like the rest of us.
For many years, Progressives proudly pointed to themselves as the “reality-based community.” They were the political pragmatists who got things done without regard to ideological handcuffs. The gun debate that has riveted the nation since Sandy Hook, however, has put the lie to that self-delusion. The useful idiots on the Left — not the ones that dream of total statism, but the ones who truly think that Utopia is possible — have departed from reality. In their Utopia, whistles and education are sufficient to stop the bad guys in their tracks.
(Written by Bookworm; originally posted at Mr. Conservative.)