At CNN’s “Guns In America” meeting in Fairfax, Virginia, pro-gun advocate and rape survivor Kimberly Corban asked President Obama a tough question about gun control.
Kimberly Corban, 29, is a rape survivor and gun rights advocate who asked a very tough question of President Obama during Thursday night’s “Guns in America” town hall at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
George Mason University, like most American universities, is a gun-free zone.
Corban was sexually assaulted on May 12, 2006, while she was studying at the University of Northern Colorado. Her attacker barged into her apartment at 5:00 a.m. that morning and assaulted her for two hours.
Although he was later apprehended and is now serving 24 years to life behind bars, she still struggles with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and stress-related seizures.
Nevertheless, Kimberly doesn’t let this deter her efforts to promote women gaining access to firearms for self-protection.
Here is the question she asked that has generated a lot of buzz:
As a survivor of rape and now a mother to two small children, it seems like being able to purchase a firearm of my choosing, and being able to carry that wherever me and my family are, it seems like my basic responsibility as a parent at this point. I have been unspeakably victimized once already, and I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my kids. So why can’t your administration see that these restrictions that you’re putting to make it harder for me to own a gun, or harder for me to take that where I need to be is actually just making my kids and I less safe?
You can watch the full exchange between Corban and President Obama from Thursday’s CNN’s event below:
Following the event, Corban spoke to Washington Post and said Obama dodged her question by dismissing firearms as a means of self-protection against sexual assault.
“I would say it was more of a non-response,” she told the paper. “He kind of dodged the question.”
In a 2007 Denver Post article, Corban spoke about her ordeal and said she’s adamant about helping prevent future attacks.
“This happened to me for a reason, and maybe it was to help give women strength to speak up,” Corban said.
She added, “I don’t care if you are a stripper or you’ve been drinking—rape is rape, and it’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for this.”
Kimberly Corban’s story of survival and perseverance is nothing short of powerful. It’s encouraging to see more women tout firearms or the great equalizer, as a means of empowerment.