Beckel, who is a Democratic strategist, was making an argument against concealed weapons on college campuses. But his train of thought went awry somewhere along the way, devolving into the demonstrably false assertion that sexual assault isn’t a big problem in colleges:
BECKEL: The carry laws, carry laws are around in a lot of states — hidden, carrying guns. If you do that, it seems that the chance of people getting killed –
ERIC BOLLING (CO-HOST): If you eliminate the opportunity for anyone to have a gun at all, you are telling bad guys there is an area no one is carrying guns.
BECKEL: When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?
BOLLING: What are you talking about? It’s rampant!
Bolling is correct in describing the issue as a “rampant” one, since at least one in four college women will be sexually assaulted during their academic career, 80 percent of them by a known acquaintance. Beckel may be ignorant on the topic, but U.S. universities still have a long way to go when it comes to addressing rape culture and preventing sexual assault on their campuses.