OBAMA HEARS FROM RAPE VIC­TIM ON CNN

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Kirk Mitchell

A woman who was raped while at­tend­ing the Univer­sity of North­ern Colorado con­fronted Pres­i­dent Barack Obama dur­ing a na­tional town hall meet­ing on guns that was broad­cast Thurs­day on CNN.

“As a sur­vivor of rape, and now a mother to two small chil­dren— you know, it seems like be­ing able to pur­chase a firearm ofmy choos­ing, and be­ing able to carry that wher­ever my— me and my fam­ily are— it seems like my ba­sic re­spon­si­bil­ity as a par­ent at this point,” Kim­berly Cor­ban said dur­ing the meet­ing at Ge­orge Ma­son Univer­sity in Fairfax, Va.

CNN moder­a­tor An­der­son Cooper noted dur­ing the meet­ing that Cor­ban was a col­lege stu­dent in Colorado in 2006 when she was raped by a man who broke into her apart­ment.

The town hall meet­ing came in the wake of Obama’s emer­gency gun mea­sures in the wake of ter­ror at­tacks in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino.

Cor­ban ques­tioned Obama di­rectly: “I have been un­speak­ably vic­tim­ized once al­ready, and I refuse to let that hap­pen again to my­self ormy 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?”

Obama replied that noth­ing he has pro­posed makes it harder for her to buy a gun. What he is try­ing to do is make it more dif­fi­cult for an at­tacker to go on the In­ter­net and get a gun.

Soon af­ter fly­ing back to Den­ver on Fri­day, Cor­ban said she felt it­was an honor for her, a “middle- ground gun ad­vo­cate,” to be heard on a na­tional stage and to speak with Obama. She said CNN in­vited her to the meet­ing be­cause of her prior ad­vo­cacy. “It’s not just crazy peo­ple,” peo­ple in mili­tias or the fam­i­lies of ter­ror at­tacks who sup­port gun own­er­ship.

Cor­ban is a spokes­woman for the Weld County District At­tor­ney’s Of­fice and the mother of a 2 ½ - year- old boy and a girl who turned 1 on Fri­day, she said.

Cor­ban in 2007

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