Fox pundit Dana Perino has incited outrage in the liberalverse by suggesting that domestic violence victims need to "make better decisions."
She made the comment during a Fox panel on the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide. The other pundits argued that women should carry guns to protect themselves, but Perino wasn't having that:
PERINO: I think it skirts the issue that women are victims of violence all the time -
CO-HOST: They should have guns!
PERINO: Well, maybe, or make better decisions.
Perino's comment has some liberal advocates up in arms, including Democratic Rep. Gwen Moore (WI). "As someone who has survived sexual assault, I can say that violence is not the victim's fault," Moore tweeted.
But Conservatives have leaped to Perino's defense. The Fox host is being "held to a double standard," writes the National Review's Charles Cooke. "If someone on the left contends that women should walk away from men who abuse them, they're acknowledging that women are not helpless...If a conservative says it, they're 'blaming' the woman."
Domestic violence is especially salient now because the Violence Against Women Act is due for a vote in the House before 2012 ends. Currently Republicans will vote no unless a provision giving authority to Native American tribunals is removed.