On his Tuesday evening broadcast, Glenn Beck hosted a special guest panel comprising people who have survived the unspeakable atrocity of rape. What's more, these guests maintain that their attack might have been prevented if they had been equipped with a means of self-defense. Many of the attacks occurred in gun-free zones, underscoring the reality that people of goodwill were left defenseless, while those with an intent to do harm still found a way to wreak their havoc.
Included on the panel was Amanda Collins, who was raped at gunpoint in a garage situated on her college campus. Her attacker, James Biela, had already raped two other women and murdered a third. He is now serving his sentence on Death Row.
It can and has certainly been argued that Collins, who was trained in the proper use of guns from childhood, could have stopped her attacker had she been carrying a weapon, and perhaps even saved other lives Biela would target next. According to Beck, Collins did in fact own a gun and had a concealed carry license but it was illegal to carry the firearm on her college campus.
"I was denied the one equalizing factor that I had," she said.
Another panelist, Kim Corban Weeks was attacked and raped in her own home by an intruder. She escaped after convincing her attacker that she would not report the crime, but eerily, he remained at her residence to speak with her for an hour after the incident. Eventually he was apprehended and is now serving 24 years to life. Weeks is now an avid supporter of gun rights and is married to a police officer.
Also on the panel to share her thoughts was Wanda Mills, who, in 1993 was attacked while on a business trip in the town where she grew up. She was assaulted while jogging and abducted at knife-point, dragged into the woods, tied to trees, tortured, raped and worse for six hours. Mills was savvy enough to convince her rapist, Richard Riley, that one day they could fall in love. As soon as she got to the main road and saw her co-worker she screamed that she was alive.
Riley is now serving six life sentences.
Mills explained that even during the trauma, the body and mind is resilient and that she was contemplating a way to free herself the entire time. She is a pro-gun advocate and believe bureaucrats are abusing their power to add more gun laws than are currently in place.
Julie Weil was attacked while picking her up two children from church daycare. In broad daylight she was struck in the head. When she came to, the first question her attacker asked her was whether she believed in God. When she said yes, he replied that she would then have to forgive him for what he was about to do to her and her children, who she was later raped in front of.
Apparently the rapist's father worked for the ATF and was a deacon for the church. His mother a church secretary.
He was eventually convicted with the help of DNA evidence and is now serving seven consecutive life sentences.
Today, Weil is lobbying for support of legislation dubbed "The Safer Act." While she does not own a gun, she is a supporter of the Second Amendment.
Also on the panel was Felicia Smith, who was raped on two separate occasions, once at age 19 when she was drugged by an acquaintance and again at age 23 by her gym trainer. While Smith did file a report, her attacker was never convicted of any crime.
Each of these women candidly spoke to Beck at great length about their experiences and views on self-defense as it relates to the Second Amendment.
Survivors make their case for supporting the Second Amendment and criticize recent statements made by Colorado Democrats and Vice President Joe Biden on this contentious issue:
In the segment below, Beck slams the recent suggestions leveled by a Colorado legislator on how women should handle rape:
Below, survivors express their views on a Colorado legislature's "demeaning" advice to women who are attacked by rapists:
The entire, gripping episode has now been made available for free. You can watch it below:
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, it’s never too late to get help. Call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE or visit the online hotline to chat with a RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) staff member, 24/7.