Fox News commentator Dana Perino has been accused of victim-blaming after she said that women who are victims of violence should "make better decisions".
The former White House Press Secretary for George W Bush made the comments during a discussion of the recent murder-suicide of Kansas City Chiefs football player Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend on Fox's 'The Five' program on Wednesday night.
The panellists were debating whether women should carry guns to protect when Perino interjected that the discussion was skirting the issue.
"Women are victims of violence all the time," she said.
"They should have guns," co-host Greg Gutfeld said.
"Well, or make better decisions," Perino replied.
The comment has been described as "victim-blaming" and has been slammed by Wisconsin Democrat Gwen Moore on Twitter.
"As someone who has survived sexual assault, I can say that violence is not the victim's fault," she wrote.
Another viewer of the program tweeted that "Dana Perino should probably make better decisions when she opens her mouth to speak".
Last Saturday Belcher fatally shot his girlfriend Kasandra Perkins before driving his team's training grounds where he killed himself.
Author: Martin Zavan, Approving editor: Nick Pearson