During a discussion about concealed carry laws on college campuses, “The Five” co-host Bob Beckel questioned whether women really need to carry firearms for self-defense because “when was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?”
Beckel said if you allow students to carry guns on campus, there is a greater chance for shootings.
“If you eliminate the opportunity for anyone to have a gun at all, you’re telling the bad guys, there’s an area that no one is carrying a gun,” co-host Eric Bolling said.
That’s when Beckel asked: “When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?”
“What are you talking about, it’s rampant,” Bolling shot back.
Co-host Dana Perino pointed out that date rape is a particularly big problem for women in college.
“Date rape, yeah that’s one thing…but you gonna take a gun out and shoot your date?” Beckel asked.
“Maybe you should,” co-host Greg Gutfeld remarked.
Co-host Kimberly Guilfoyle was more definitive. She said “If your date is a rapist, you shoot them.” Watch the segment via Fox News below:
Beckel has apologized for the remarks. Via Politico:
“It’s a horrible, horrendous issue. Simply put, rape is rape. Whether it’s date rape or it’s somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way,” Beckel said on Fox’s ‘The Five.’ “So, I just want to straighten the record out on that. I simply was trying to make — there was not a distinction to make here. It simply was that date rape is rape, and that is, by any other definition, rape is rape.”