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By Michelle Malkin
Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

If radical gun-grabbers have their way, your daughters, mothers and grandmothers will have nothing but whistles, pens and bodily fluids to defend themselves against violent attackers and sexual predators. Women of all ages, races and political backgrounds should be up in arms over the coordinated attack on their right to bear arms.

In Colorado last week, male Democrat legislators assailed concealed-carry supporters and disparaged female students who refuse to depend on the government for protection. The Democrat-controlled House passed a statewide ban on concealed-carry weapons on college campuses, along with several other extreme gun-control measures that will undermine citizen safety and drive dozens of businesses out of the state.

Condescending Democrat state Rep. Joe Salazar asserted that young women can't be trusted to assess threatening situations at their colleges or universities: “It's why we have call boxes, it's why we have safe zones, it's why we have the whistles,” Salazar said during floor debate. “Because you just don't know who you're gonna be shooting at ... .”

State Sen. Jessie Ulibarri, another elitist Democrat, argued that instead of firing back at a crazed gunman, innocent victims would be better off using “ballpoint pens” to stab an assailant when he stops to reload.

And after personally lobbying Colorado Democrats to restrict self-defense options, Vice President Joe Biden blithely dismissed a woman's concerns about family security. He advised her, “You don't need an AR-15” — even though it is the choice of 3 million law-abiding citizens, half of whom are veterans, law-enforcement officers or both.

The presumptuous paternalism of gun-grabbing male Democrats is not confined to the political arena. On college campuses across the country, the literal disarming of women is standard operating procedure. At the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, officials advise women that “passive resistance may be your best defense.” The school's recommendation to girls: “Tell your attacker that you have a disease or are menstruating.”

If that fails, it's time to deploy other assault bodily fluids! No joke. UCCS seriously advises potential victims: “Vomiting or urinating may also convince the attacker to leave you alone.”

The University of Wisconsin Oshkosh tells girls to “(c)ry or create a scene of emotional or mental instability.” Instead of a Glock, the school prefers students to take a page from “Glee.” Yes, ladies, when you fear for your lives, it's time to engage in theatrics by faking a “faint” or “seizure.”

As I've noted before, colleges and universities have become coddle industries. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.

Where are the War on Women warriors of the left when you need them? Paging Ashley Judd, Eva Longoria, Sandra Fluke and every indignant feminist who (rightly) took Todd “legitimate rape” Akin to task — as I did — last fall. The sexist stance of gun-grabbers goes far beyond Akin-esque junk science about magical wombs that can prevent pregnancy. The idea that women can't be trusted to know when they are at risk takes direct aim at their very sovereignty and security.

It's anti-self-determination. It's anti-freedom. It's anti-choice.

Michelle Malkin is the author of “Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks and Cronies” (Regnery 2009).

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