Niagara Gazette

Opinion

February 19, 2013

CONFER: Legalize stun guns in New York

Niagara Gazette — Every 2 minutes a woman is sexually assaulted somewhere in the United States. In a typical year over 275,000 women have their bodies and souls pillaged and that is only the known cases. Due to fear of the assailant and the unfortunate feelings of lessened self-worth following the assault or rape, more than 60 percent of all incidents go unreported. Therefore, it is not a stretch to say that nearly three-quarters of a million women are victims of such attacks each and every year. It’s no wonder the numbers show that 1 out of every 6 women is sexually assaulted in her lifetime.

This happens because our government allows it to.

Even though the general assumption is that women always win in civil and criminal cases this is not the case. Only 6 percent of rapists ever spend a day in jail. The others are left to wander the streets to commit such indiscretions again, be it against their past victims or against new ones. Because of our laws, women are left powerless against those free-roaming offenders. They have to go through hurdles to get a handgun, they can’t own stun guns and they can possess only a limited amount of pepper spray. Lawmakers are oblivious to the fact that even with the most advanced self-defense techniques there is very little that a 120 pound woman can do against a 225 pound man, naturally more powerful than she and made even more so by his hunger for her flesh. Our officials have done everything in their power to give the predator the advantage by taking all means of protection from the prey – and matters are only getting worse.

Thus, it makes perfect sense that we turn the tables by arming the prey and allow women to keep rapists at bay. This won’t be accomplished through handguns, especially in post-Newtown New York state, where our natural rights and the Second Amendment are under attack. That leaves but one option, something of a middle ground for the pro-gun and anti-gun crowds: the legalization of stun guns.

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