Today’s *facepalm* story comes to us from our politically correct neighbors to the north. It seems that the Canuck Government believes allowing women to defend themselves against physical and sexual violence would “further gender inequality.”
Canada doesn’t just deny its citizens a right to firearms, it also prohibits them even basic tools for self-defense. Pepper spray is among the illegal items which can get you in trouble. In fact, defending yourself with pepper spray may save you from being raped but you’ll end up serving up to 3 years in prison and paying up to $500,000 in fines. That’s insane!
“Ok, so they aren’t allowed to carry pepper spray but, aren’t Canadians really polite? How big a threat can there be?” You might think that, but you’d be wrong. Canadian federal statistics show that half of all women over the age of 16 will be victim to a violent crime during their life. HALF! There were 173,614 violent crimes against women reported to the police in 2011 alone.
Well, at least one Canadian Member of Parliament wants to change that law and allow women the tools to defend their own bodies.
Kellie Leitch has been a Canadian MP since 2011 and was formerly the Minister of Labour and Minister of Status of Women. She’s also a Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon and is currently running to head the Conservative Party of Canada. On December 1st, she announced her plan to improve public safety in Canada by, “empowering Canadians to defend themselves from Criminal acts.
— Kellie Leitch (@KellieLeitch) December 2, 2016
This seems like a very straightforward, small step towards solving this problem. But Leitch’s Liberal opponent, Minister Patty Hajdu, wants to quash the effort, claiming that allowing women to carry any weapon would promote gender inequality:
Her misguided approach places the onus on women to defend themselves rather than focusing on addressing and preventing gender-based violence. […] We are developing a federal gender-based violence strategy in consultation with provinces, territories and grassroots organizations to ensure that women in Canada can live free from violence. We will continue to make sure that gender equality is at the core of all government decisions we make.
In Hajdu’s fantasy land, legalizing defensive tools excuses the actions of the aggressor. It also appears that she believes Canadians must choose between allowing basic self-defense or taking preventative measures to stop violence before it begins. That’s not only a twisted sense of morality, it’s literally crazy talk!
Canadians should follow Leitch’s lead in legalizing more tools for self-defense, as well as following a “both-and” approach to resolving their epidemic of crimes against women.