Let’s get serious people, blind people have rights too. They should be able to have guns, just not drive cars obviously.
Here are a few quotes from this article in the Des Moines Register about whether Iowa should be granting gun permits to blind people, as it is currently doing. As you can see, opinions vary:
Although people who are blind can participate fully in nearly all life’s experiences, there are some things, like the operation of a weapon, that may very well be an exception.Patrick Clancy, Superintendent
Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School
There’s no reason solely on the [basis] of blindness that a blind person shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon.Chris Danielson, Public Relations Director
National Federation of the Blind
I’m not an expert in vision. At what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect [on firing] a firearm? If you see nothing but a blurry mass in front of you, then I would say you probably shouldn’t be shooting something.Sheriff John LeClere
Delaware County, Iowa
When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don’t necessarily think eyesight is necessary.Michael Barber
Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy.Stevie Wonder
another blind person
When he was running the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, Alexander brought many of his future allies down to Fort Belvoir for a tour of his base of operations, a facility known as the Information Dominance Center. It had been designed by a Hollywood set designer to mimic the bridge of the starship Enterprise from Star Trek, complete with chrome panels, computer stations, a huge TV monitor on the forward wall, and doors that made a ‘whoosh’ sound when they slid open and closed. Lawmakers and other important officials took turns sitting in a leather “captain’s chair” in the center of the room and watched as Alexander, a lover of science-fiction movies, showed off his data tools on the big screen.“‘Everybody wanted to sit in the chair at least once to pretend he was Jean-Luc Picard,” says a retired officer in charge of VIP visits.
Fresh from lowering the bar…
When police talked to the victim, he said he had been listening to The Eagles when [his ex-girlfriend and current roommate] told him that she did not want to hear the classic rock band’s songs. So the man told her to shut up, the report states.[She] responded by allegedly getting a 14-inch serrated bread knife and [swinging] it at the man repeatedly, the report states. The victim wrestled the knife away from [her], but she came back with another knife before the victim could run and lock himself in the bathroom.
One of the genuinely funny people in the legal profession writes in his regular SMH piece that he has been confronted by the shocking image of himself: