We all say crazy stuff sometimes, but not often on public stages. Indiana Lawmaker Jim Lucas recently suggested that women were allowing themselves a higher likelihood to be raped by not carrying guns.
Lucas recently posted a picture on social media of a shirt with a feminism-related sentiment. It read: “fem-i-nism – Woman’s right to carry whatever color or caliber gun she wants to,” a largely insensitive statement towards women. This comes in supplement to previous statements he said about how women without gun carry permits were lowering their defenses to being raped.
The Indiana politician apologized on Saturday, June 10th, in a Facebook post of a handwritten letter apologizing for his insensitive remarks. One excerpt indicated he “learned how common, everyday words can be so extremely sensitive to survivors of such horrible acts.” Such an apology does seem heartfelt, but that does little to remove “put the toothpaste back in the tube,” so to speak.
Indiana has not had the best weekend, with one driver in the state passing away after a concrete mass pummeled through his vehicle’s windshield. The victim, Christopher Vanattenhoven, was driving down a rural road around noon, approximately 20 miles north of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
A vehicle with a trailer holding an unsecured load revved up and passed Vanattenhoven, during which a large piece of concrete fell off the trailer. The late Vanattenhoven attempted to swerve away from the deadly, tumbling chunk of concrete, wrecking into a tree.
Fortunately enough, a young child in the back of Vanattenhoven’s vehicle was uninjured, along with a woman in the front passenger seat. Indiana is almost always an enjoyable place to live, just not this weekend.