Media Matters rails against NRA news host for promoting campus concealed carry

Liberal hit group Media Matters has once again set its sights on the National Rifle Association.

In an article published Tuesday by the smear group, writer Timothy Johnson railed against comments made by the NRA’s Cam Edwards on his March 27, 2015 show. Edwards lambasted an editorial in the University of North Carolina student newspaper The Daily Tar Heel that went against the idea of students being allowed to defend themselves via concealed carry on campus.

“Concealed weapons would not significantly reduce sexual assault and would create inadvertent risks within other forms of interpersonal violence,” the Tar Heel editorial said, adding that it “could reinforce rape culture because the burden of stopping assault would be further placed upon women.”

The article concluded that “focus should be maintained on preventative programs that challenge rigid gender roles and promote healthy relationships as well as intervention trainings that teach peers to be active bystanders rather than on measures that will not solve the problem.”

Yeah, that oughta be extremely helpful when a man is assaulting you.

Edwards rightly slammed the article, which was no doubt written by an ideologue with more book smarts than street smarts.

“I hate to tell the editors here of The Daily Tar Heel, but the burden of stopping that assault is not going to be on the person committing that assault, not at that moment in time, the burden of stopping that assault is on the victim, he said. “I don’t say this as a microaggression, I don’t mean this as a — to come with a trigger warning, but it is the truth that if you are the victim of violent crime or the victim of an attempted violent crime, it is not the patriarchy that puts the burden on you to defend yourself, it is not rigid gender roles, it is — it’s a fact of life.”

Johnson, however, said gun advocates are using the issue of sexual assaults on campus to push their own agenda.

“Gun advocates are increasingly hijacking the issue of campus sexual assault in order to push legislation nationwide to allow concealed guns on college campuses,” he said adding that there’s no evidence to suggest carrying a gun prevents sexual assault.

That ought to be a comforting thoughts to attackers who love their victims disarmed and vulnerable.


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