Libertarians, Republicans Have Mixed Emotions on Anti-Gun March

July 7, 2008 - 8:02 PM

( - The Libertarian Party says women participating in the "Million Mom March" on Sunday are making a terrible mistake by attacking guns instead of focusing on the women who have been raped or killed because of gun control laws.

Libertarian Party national director Steve Dasbach believes this Sunday should be a day to mourn gun control victims. Dasbach said those victims include "the estimated 4,177 women who will be raped this year because it is illegal to carry a concealed weapon in their state."

More laws, as the Million Mom marchers are demanding, would only put more women at risk, he said. "Libertarians have to ask: What will it take to make the Million Mom marchers understand that criminals love women who hate guns?"

Dasbach said mandatory trigger locks, gun licensing, limits on gun purchases and more regulation of gun shows would put more women at risk of being raped or killed. "It's impossible to count all the women who have already been victimized by anti-gun measures like waiting periods, handgun bans, and restrictions on the right to carry a weapon for self-defense."

Dasbach suggested that people participating in what they call the Million Mom March should look at what they're doing in a different way.

"Participants think they are sponsoring an anti-gun event. Instead, they are sponsoring a pro-rape event. If you listen carefully on Sunday, you might just hear the sound of rapists, stalkers and wife-beaters cheering as they anticipate how much easier it will be to commit crimes against defenseless women.

Some Republicans, who traditionally support gun rights, are giving careful answers to questions about the Million Mom March.

Representative Jennifer Dunn, a Republican from Washington, said she wishes the marchers well. "It's important for them to bring [up] the issue of keeping guns out of the hands of people who should not have them," Dunn said.

"We care about the safety of our children. Anything that brings focus to the safety of our children, we [House Republicans] are interested in," she said. "A caring parent around the child is the most important thing we can recommend."

Dunn also called for long-term changes in the welfare system, which would give young people a working role model in their lives.