Is Representative Joe Salazar Colorado’s Akin?

Women distribute “Salazar Whistle Stop Defense Kits” to legislators

We recently reported on the Colorado gun debate and the controversy marked by a viral video of Representative Joe Salazar (D-Thornton). Salazar’s comments sparked outrage when he said that women do not need guns to protect themselves from rapists:

“That’s why we have call boxes, that’s why we have safe zones, that’s why we have the whistles.”

Yesterday the controversy further erupted when a group of women from the Larimer County GOP prepared and delivered one hundred “Salazar Whistle Stop Defense Kits” to legislators inside the Colorado capitol. Each contained a whistle and a pen inside a plastic bag labeled, “In Case of Rape, Robbery, or Assault OPEN IMMEDIATELY.”


Social media was a buzz all day, showing pictures of legislators receiving their “kits.” The Democrats became so disgusted, that some locked out and refused to see any constituents for the rest of the day.

Twitchy featured a column, “Women Fight Back…,” while its founder and Fox News Contributor Michelle Malkin told her readers that it was time to Fight Back Like A Girl, referencing comments made last year in a speech by Sarah Palin at a Madison, Wisconsin rally during their labor union protests. It wasn’t much later that another Colorado women’s group took action to fight back in their own way.

I Am Created Equal, released a new video entitled, “Colorado’s Todd Aikin” which features the group’s founder, Laura Carno as she compares Representative Salazar and his comments to that of 2012 Republican U.S. candidate, Todd Akin from Missouri. It was Akin who created a similar controversy during his Senate race by stating that women who are victims of what he called “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

With increasing calls for an exploratory committee to look into a possible recall of Representative Salazar, this madness will surely continue. Representative Salazar’s Twitter @HouseSalazar has been trending in Colorado. You can use Twitter hashtags #coleg and #copolitics to monitor the buzz that is like to follow.

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