The headline alone is pretty spectacular.

Al Jazeera Staff write:

Campus gun proponents slammed for ‘grotesque’ opportunism on student rape

Gun control advocates have swung out at an NRA-sponsored push to promote the proliferation of guns as a safeguard against campus sexual assault, saying so-called “campus carry” proposals amount to a “grotesque display of opportunism.”

Everytown for Gun Safety, a group funded by New York’s anti-gun former mayor Michael Bloomberg, released an open letter Friday accusing lawmakers in 10 states — including Nevada state Assemblywoman Michele Fiore and Florida state Representative Dennis Baxley — of co-opting the national conversation about campus rape to push a gun lobby talking point.

“By saying that guns will prevent rape, they’re putting the burden on the victims,” reads the letter, which is co-sponsored by Know Your IX, an advocacy group that works against gender-based violence on campuses.

“And they’re denying the indisputable fact that the vast majority of campus assaults are perpetrated by a partner, friend, or close acquaintance — the types of people around whom people would never think to carry a gun.”

The NRA has long suggested firearms could serve as a deterrent to sexual assault, a central tenet of the organization’s “Refuse to be a Victim” and “NRA Women” campaigns.

Guns are currently banned on university campuses in 41 states, either by law or by university policy.