Trust Fox Nation. This morning they're busy trying to create a Todd Akin-style scandal out of a Democratic congressman’s remarks about women’s safety on campus. The lead story is titled “Democrats Have a Full-Blown Akin on their Hands.” The first paragraph reads: "Chill, women, says Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar. While arguing for the disarmament of college students, Salazar says that even if women feel like they’re going to be raped, they may not, so who needs a firearm for protection?”
The second paragraph gives us what Salazar actually said (as re-posted from an article by Dana Loesch in redstate.com), and as usual it sounds like Fox Nation has twisted it a bit: “It’s why we have call boxes, it’s why we have safe zones, it’s why we have the whistles. Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop around at somebody.”
The remarks were not about rape per se, the way Akin’s were, and Salazar is no "full-blown Akin" by any stretch. He was talking about safety on campus, which is a genuine problem, and questioning whether carrying a gun was the solution. I think it's his remarks about guns that are really angering the right, gentle reader. Here's Loesch blasting Salazar: “This is the real “war on women” I’ve talked about: the progressive insistence that women disarm. Women, according to Rep. Salazar, are hysterical things which shoot indiscriminately at any and everything… Salazar claims to have a record of defending women’s rights but his actions to disenfranchise them of their Second Amendment rights are completely contradictory to that claim."
Salazar quickly apologized for the rape remark, but I’m sure that won’t stop Fox. The right might even use his remarks to argue that giving women guns is "empowering" them. Probably the only time they'll ever argue in favor of empowering women, gentle reader.