A woman who was raped while attending 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 of my 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 comes in the wake of Obama's emergency gun measures in the wake of terror attacks in Colorado Springs and San Bernardino. Taya Kyle, the widow of Chris Kyle, former Navy SEAL and author of "American Sniper," also challenged Obama's stance on guns at the meeting.

Corban questioned Obama directly:

"I have been unspeakably victimized once already, and I refuse to let that happen again to myself or my 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.

"Well, Kimberly, first of all, obviously — you know, your story is horrific. The strength you've shown in telling your story and, you know, being here tonight is remarkable, and so — really proud of you for that.

"I just want to repeat that there's nothing that we've proposed that would make it harder for you to purchase a firearm. And — now, you may be referring to issues like concealed carry, but those tend to be state-by-state decisions, and we're not making any proposals with respect to what states are doing. They can make their own decisions there."

Obama went on to say that it's debatable whether having a firearm in the home protects someone from rape.

"People argue it both sides," Obama said. "What is true is, is that you have to be pretty well trained in order to fire a weapon against somebody who is assaulting you and catches you by surprise.

Kimberly Corban, shown at age 21, then a student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, talked openly about her rape and the conviction of her
Kimberly Corban, shown at age 21, then a student at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, talked openly about her rape and the conviction of her rapist. (Lyn Alweis, Denver Post file)

"And what is also true is there's always the possibility that that firearm in a home leads to a tragic accident. You know, we can debate that round or flat."

What he is trying to do is make it more difficult for the attacker to go on the Internet and get a gun, Obama said.

Shortly after flying back to Denver on Friday, Corban said that she felt it was 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, she said.

Corban is a spokeswoman for the Weld County District Attorney's Office and the mother of a 2 1/2-year-old boy and a girl who turned 1 on Friday, she said. Corban volunteered as an advocate for sexual assault victims for three years in the Weld County Sheriff's Department and has been a vocal advocate for gun rights legislation in Colorado.

She said she is not not only concerned about Obama's current initiatives but the possible future erosion of citizen gun rights.

Corban described her fight for justice and repercussions she suffered to a Denver Post reporter following her attacker's conviction in 2007.

On Friday she said she still suffers symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome.

A Weld County jury found then 25-year-old Ronnie Pieros guilty of sexually assaulting Corban in June of 2007. Pieros was later sentenced to 24 years to life in prison for his attack on Corban.

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