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-- about it today in a story we first brought you here yesterday centering on a woman named Amanda Collins she's a rape survivor.
Who pleaded with Colorado State lawmakers to preserve the right.
Of concealed carry.
And carrying a concealed weapon on college campuses in Colorado.
Saying being able to do so would have -- difference in her case and her belief.
The -- story got national attention.
After state Colorado senator ED Kodak pulled ms.
Collins quote that the statistics were really not on her side statistics are not in your -- Here's the exchange that started the controversy.
Just want to say that.
Actually statistics are not on your side even if you -- had a -- The Colorado they coalition against -- -- filing says that just went for every.
For every one woman who used a hand gun to kill someone in self defense 83 were murdered.
By them respectfully senator.
-- And now without a doubt in my mind at some point I would have been able to stop my attack by using my firearm.
Security had a weapon of his own he has in mind.
That young woman Amanda Collins joins me now on -- -- thank you very much for being here and sharing your story.
And I don't mean to cause you any additional pain but could you tell us.
To -- that you're comfortable what happened to use so we can understand why you believe having had a weapon on you may have made a difference.
Sharon while -- brief.
Virgin and they have that and during my first year of college -- I was leaving at night class after taking and -- parent I Alaska want today.
Parking garage where I had parts may be a -- -- but people because it's ingrained in ads and in me about their safety in numbers.
Ideally when -- -- parked unmanned ground floor.
And now I say goodbye to -- the people -- -- quick -- -- good week.
And went on to my vehicle because I didn't see any immediate threat.
LA do you -- -- -- -- and hunched behind only allow between Amtrak can sit and and he grabbed me from behind.
-- into the ground.
Placed at temple at -- tonight temple.
Click -- safety off and then he brutally raped me.
A hundred less than a hundred feet away from the campus police profits.
On -- finger on where they park their crew there's.
Moment and that's.
Unbelievable and in this happened at all when your student at the University of Nevada at Reno.
And you actually -- have a permit for concealed carry but.
Like like Colorado may potentially make make -- a lot you were not allowed to bring it on on your college campus and that's why you were giving.
Your testimonial to the lawmakers in Colorado right.
Right because that is legislated into being -- them.
They're right for me to saying now is taken away -- mean by then denying me L one school I had.
The white equalizing factor.
That Iowa is that was available -- -- me I couldn't happen.
And consequently this man after he attacked me -- nine TU kidnap and rape a second pick that and then he raped and murdered that there.
This sadly now -- This state senator you EV who'd back -- on his very long -- -- cut short -- but she went on the lecture you about.
How you had self defense training experience in tae Kwon though but this guy was so large and able to overcome you even with your skills.
And so the chances are that if you had a gun she said that he would have been able to get a from -- use -- against you mean.
Let's just talk before we get to the substance of that charge -- about your reaction to having her lecture you on how things would've gone.
Under various scenarios in her mind.
I I don't now if it was more -- victimizing.
Are more patronizing.
-- it's taken -- that it was saying I question and asked to it I thought maybe this is a possibility she was telling me.
Without even having been there without having lived through any type -- -- more experience.
Well -- it happens.
And it is infuriating to say the least because.
What they're China India and car out -- is to take away the women.
Women's rights to see now.
Bio legislating -- -- -- evict them -- Iowa is here in Nevada.
Why do you believe that if you had a firearm on you at that time that you may have prevented the -- It's the -- I doll with the way I was -- I don't think that I would have prevent in my attacks from starting.
-- that has been an answer question in my life -- well let it been different had I think hearing that night.
And it's kept me a link countless nights as -- -- played that.
-- eight -- of -- -- and I now at some point during my attack I would have been able to stop my attack in progress.
How do you feel about in the and I -- to her credit she did pull you aside after the fact and apologize you received a lot of instantaneous.
Very negative feedback on FaceBook and otherwise.
-- her shameful disgraceful disgusting and so on but she did apologize to you.
But how do you feel because she's not the only one we saw that Colorado lawmaker Joseph Salazar.
Talking about how women who are about to be raped and college campuses they should have guns because we really know whether they're about to get raped or not.
That he had to come out apologized overseas have a pattern these lawmakers who think they know what it's like to go through what you went through.
When she apologized to me she just said that you know -- -- that me.
She didn't mean to offend me that she actually believes that I would have been a one out of that statistic that she is.
-- I -- have not had my fire taken away from me because I look like emotionally and spiritually strong.
Individual and then she went on -- to say that.
She should have saved her comment -- -- later she shouldn't have set it right after I had testified she should've waited and tell olive testimonial is.
Completed and so I just take it could be that she's not really sorry for oases that.
She's decided predict that -- that she's received from may and the way that it was perceived.
And -- -- a situation where Colorado.
You know made may be and the rate of concealed carry on campuses and at the same time had this advisory out we talked about a while ago.
Advising potential rape victims to it.
Urinate on their attackers to claim that they were that they headed disease -- so on.
And and would be -- in a situation where they had no firearms to protect -- I know it's a controversial issue I'll give you the last word.
Well I honestly believe -- with the same question and that I think continuing -- lot makers and actually ask senator who back in the hall.
When we are speaking privately and I asked her how does rendering -- defenseless.
Protect you against a violent current and I'll say that she -- -- me.
For about ten -- and her last week her response -- I don't know.
A lot have to be made.
Amanda gone your clearly a very strong woman and I commend you on being able -- -- about a terrific idea Howard deal.
In in such an articulate and helpful way hopefully for other women tend to -- on -- on the lookout and never -- safety when they think they found it thank you so much.
Thank you for your tang for.
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