The Washington Times - February 19, 2013, 05:36PM

Colorado state Rep. Joe Salazar’s comments about rape have sparked an unflattering trend on Twitter.

Mr. Salazar came under fire during a floor debate Friday night on a bill to ban concealed-carry permit holders from bringing guns on public university campuses.

Republicans opposing the bill argued that it would leave women defenseless against attackers, but Mr. Salazar said that whistles and call boxes were sufficient, arguing that armed women could wind up shooting innocent bystanders.

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Twitter users expressed outrage, as the hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape, started as a way to mock Mr. Salazar’s contention that whistles are as useful in fending off attackers as firearms, began trending.

Some of the tweets include:

“#LiberalTips2AvoidRape: Wait for global warming to cause a meteorite to hit your attacker.”

“Liberals are seriously more offended by the hashtag #LiberalTips2AvoidRape than by politicians making it easier for women to be raped.”

“#LiberalTips2AvoidRape: Pray to Obama extra hard.”

Many Twitter users charge the idea mocks rape victims or downplays the seriousness of the crime.

Social media website Twitchy responded to the criticism of the trending hashtag by alleging a double standard regarding political gaffes:

When Todd Akin suggested women have natural defenses against impregnation by rape-sperm, “women have ways to shut that whole thing down” became a punchline and political bludgeon for months. Dems insisted Akin was the spokesman for the entire GOP, Team Obama recruited Sandra Fluke to fundraise off of his remarks, and lefties targeted Akin with oh-so-civil rape wishes.

But when genius Colorado Democrat Joe Salazar insisted hysterical womenfolk can’t be trusted to accurately identify a rape threat, much less fend one off with anything more powerful than a 9mm whistle? Crickets from the For the Women crowd.