GOP Virginia Lawmaker Says ‘Naive And Unprepared’ Women ‘End Up Raped’
Republican Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase defended her ownership of guns by telling a voter on Facebook: “It’s those who are naive and unprepared that end up raped. Sorry but I’m not going to be a statistic.”
Voter Casey Dokoupil told WWBT how she was shocked by Chase’s rape comment:
I was pretty deeply offended as someone who cares about Chesterfield County and as someone who works in Chesterfield County. She’s trying to blame rape on victims which is unhealthy and not representative of where we are as a culture and moving. It’s right there in black and white she wrote it in a Facebook post. It’s in a thread. She doesn’t have much plausible deniability there for me.
In response, Chase posted a statement to claim victimhood for herself from “bullying”:
Every woman and man, should have the right to protect themselves whenever and wherever they go. Unfortunately, in today’s society we must take precautions to protect ourselves where harm and evil awaits.
My comments, if you go back to the full Facebook thread, was to a constituent who was scoffing at my rights and the rights of everyone else who protect themselves. My reply was why I and tens of thousands carry in Virginia to avert possible bad situations.
It’s everyone’s 2nd Amendment Right to arm and protect themselves and their family. I’m a champion for women, their right to protect themselves and their right to their opinion, even if I may not agree, but will not tolerate the bullying or chastising the rights of the Second Amendment.
Democratic Amanda Pohl, who is running against Chase, responded on Twitter:
Our legislators should be making decisions based on evidence, not their emotional preferences. In environments where stalking, domestic violence, or the threat of sexual assault exists, the evidence tells us that the presence of a gun, regardless of who owns it, 1/2 pic.twitter.com/aHZKKlPgT9— Amanda Pohl for Senate of Virginia (@pohlforvirginia) July 9, 2019
makes it 5 times more likely that the victim of such violence will be killed. Gun access is the strongest risk factor for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault to be killed.— Amanda Pohl for Senate of Virginia (@pohlforvirginia) July 9, 2019