“Joseph Leo Amaya [above] approached the victim, a college student, last October at the store where she worked and tried unsuccessfully to get her phone number,” ktla.com reports. “He eventually left, but returned hours later while she was getting to ready to close the store and forced his way in as she attempted to lock the doors, according to the DA’s office. Once inside, Amaya barricaded the entrance, dragged the victim by her hair to the back of the store and repeatedly sexually assaulted her, prosecutors said. Surveillance video and audio and DNA evidence linked him to the assault, the DA’s office stated.” Amaya was caught, prosecuted, convicted and sentenced on the following charges . . .
Two counts of forcible rape, two counts of sexual penetration by foreign object and one count of assault with intent to commit a felony. A special allegation of aggravated kidnapping was also “found true.” Amaya’s sentence: 125 years in prison.
While justice is served, wouldn’t it have been preferable if the college student had shot the gang banger right there at the store’s front door? Whether or not she would have killed Amaya, a result many readers would celebrate, she would have had an excellent chance of preventing her assault and rape. And the attack’s lifelong psychological devastation.
More than that, this case highlights the moral and practical bankruptcy of the gun control advocate’s cause.
Disarming Americans would do nothing to prevent this kind of brutality, and much to encourage it. Note: the college girl’s attacker didn’t have a gun. And yet he still managed to perpetuate his heinous crime. Equally, Amaya had to have known that his target was unarmed. The convenience store is in LA; a city that’s implemented a de facto ban on concealed carry.
The antis argue that if a victim has a gun – especially a woman – it might be used against her by a more powerful male. (A sexist presumption but there you go.) They believe that a woman facing a violent attack is better off without a gun – even though they are less than forthcoming about identifying suitable self-defense alternatives.
Here’s my question for gun control advocates like Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America their paymasters at Everytown for Gun Safety: have they ever asked a female victim of a violent crime if she would have wanted a gun at the time of the attack. Would they have used it?
No, they haven’t asked that question. Why would they? They know what the answer would be. There’s your gun sense for you. Or not.