Democrat lawmaker apologizes for rape comments in gun debate

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Colorado State Rep. Joe Salazar apologizes for rape comment

Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar's comment that a woman doesn't know "if you feel like you're gonna be raped" drew a quick response from Republicans and bloggers.

Democratic Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar apologized Monday for comments he made about rape during a debate on a gun control bill in the Legislature that drew a quick rebuke from Republicans and bloggers.

On Friday, while debating a bill on concealed weapons on university campuses, Salazar discussed how easily someone could shoot the wrong person.

"It's why we have call boxes," Salazar said. "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 a round at somebody."

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As The Denver Post reported, reaction was swift. "I guess, Rep. Salazar, if a woman doesn't know she's being raped, she doesn't fear it," Rep. Lori Saine said.

On Monday, Salazar apologized.

"We were having a public-policy debate on whether or not guns makes people safer on campus. I don't believe they do," he said. "That was the point I was trying to make."

But Denver's KDVR TV reported Tuesday that House GOP leaders are not pleased with Salazar's apology and have asked Gov. John Hickenlooper and House Speaker Mark Ferrandino to repudiate his comments.

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