Gun-toting Republican congresswoman Lauren Boebert has sparked a backlash after she said rape survivors needed a Glock 19 pistol at the time of their assault instead of abortion rights.
Addressing the House floor, the Colorado representative said: “‘Rape victims need abortion.’ Wrong. They need love. They need support. They need safety and healing. They needed a Glock 19 when it happened.”
Her pro-gun and anti-abortion views drew sharp reactions from social media users.
“I want to say this is the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard but I’ve heard a lot of stupid,” said Molly Jong-Fast, the editor at large for The Daily Beast.
“Colorado [representative] Lauren Boebert blames rape victims for their own assaults, saying they should have been armed to fend off rapists,” wrote Shannon Watta, founder of Moms Demand Action, a grassroots movement demanding a solution to gun violence.
“The vast majority of rape victims -- more than two-thirds -- are assaulted by someone they know.”