During a discussion over whether concealed weapons could help prevent sexual assault on campuses, Beckel asked, "When was the last time you heard about a rape on campus?"
"What are you talking about? It's rampant," co-host Eric Bolling said.
"What are you going to take a gun out and shoot your date?" Beckel responded.
Beckel apologized on "The Five" Wednesday.
"It's a horrible, horrendous issue. Simply put, rape is rape. Whether it's date rape or it's somebody coming in off the campus trying to rape somebody else. I very strongly feel that way," Beckel said.
"So, I just want to straighten the record out on that. I simply was trying to make -- there was not a distinction to make here. It simply was that date rape is rape, and that is, by any other definition, rape is rape."
A 2010 Justice Department study said that approximately 25 percent of college women would be victims of rape or attempted rape before they graduated.