Now don’t get me wrong here folks. I have great compassion for blind or visually impaired people.
However, do I want a blind person to be packing a gun? I thinkith not.
Yet in Iowa, you could be walking through that “Field of Dreams” baseball field after coming across it in your travels one early evening, decide to get outta your car and explore, and the owner, who may be visually impaired or blind, and packing, think you’re one of those pesky crows stealing his corn and takes a pop shot at you.
According to the Des Moines Register, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office says it has issued permits to at least three people who “can’t legally drive and were unable to read the application forms or had difficulty doing so because of visual impairments.”
Oh great. Ya can’t read the damn gun application or legally drive but they’re gonna issue you a freakin’ gun permit. What’s wrong with this picture. If you can actually see the picture.
State officials say they do not collect that information when the permits are issued.
My guess would be that if someone comes into that office with a seeing eye dog, dark glasses and a cane, that would, to me, be a tipoff that perhaps you should NOT give them a gun permit.
Michael Barber, who is blind, told the newspaper in all his infinite wisdom, “When you shoot a gun, you take it out and point and shoot, and I don’t necessarily think that eyesight is necessary.”
Well of course it isn’t necessary Mike. Just like driving a car or piloting an airplane. Who the hell needs to see the road when you’re driving. And flying an airplane. Cripes, it’s just open sky up there. What the hell are ya gonna run into anyhow at 30,000 feet. Takeoffs and landings are the problem. Beyond that, who gives a rats ass.
I’m assuming that this may be where former Vice President Dick Cheney got his own gun permit. Just a guess.
There is one bright rocket scientist in the bunch who tends to disagree with issuing blind people gun permits. Unfortunately he was just shot by a blind person.
Not really. Just thought it might be a possibility however. The guy is Delaware Sheriff John LeClere who said, “I’m not an expert in vision. But at what point do vision problems have a detrimental effect to fire 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.”
Good point Sheriff. Now DRAW!
“Hey Cletus, do ya see something movin’ really slow out there in the backyard?”
“Yep, quick gimme my cane and fetch Rover. We’re gonna nail that stinkin’ thieving’ varmint before he steals us blind.”
“POW POW POW!”
“Cletus you damn SOB! It’s me, yer wife Martha for cripes sake. Can’t ya tell when I’m out here usin’ the damn outhouse?”
“Oops, sorry Martha. But until we get indoor plumbing and I can hear you flush I can’t be sure.”
Look, if Dick Cheney can’t even fire a gun without hitting his best friend while on a hunting trip, and HE has good vision, what the hell are the odds that a blind person is not gonna nail your butt.
Then ask his seeing eye dog to “fetch” and your bullet riddled body gets dragged all over the place.
Presently Federal laws do not prohibit blind people from owning guns. Only those with perfect vision. I guess because the Feds think that only people with good vision are a danger. You know how it is. If you have perfect vision and wanna shoot someone, you basically know your target. So the Feds can then nail you for shooting someone because you can’t claim you couldn’t see who it was.
On the other hand, if you’re visually impaired or blind, noooooo problem, fire away pal. Ya might hit something and, if it just happens to be the wrong person, again, noooooo problem, you’re blind. No pending charges there.
On the other end of the argument, brain surgeon and potential rocket scientist Chris Danielsen, PR director of the “National Federation of the Blind”, told the Register, “There’s no reason solely on the basis of blindness that a blind person shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon.”
Yeah Chris. Why don’t ya ask me if I’m gonna be anywhere within a ten-mile radius of a shooting range with a bunch of blind people firing guns.
He went on to say, “Presumably they’re going to have enough sense not to use a weapon in a situation where they would endanger other people, just like we would expect other people to have that common sense.”
YES CHRIS, MY POINT EXACTLY! But “other” people can freakin’ SEE!!!!!
How does a visually impaired or blind person use their common sense if they can’t see?
My guess would be……THEY GUESS.
Um, let’s see. Is that a raccoon out thar in my garbage can or that no good hobo lookin’ fer food scraps. Um, can’t be too sure. Damn! I’ll wait and see if he puts the lid back on the garbage can. If he does, it’s that damn hobo. If not, it’s that dern raccoon and ahm gonna blow his damn brains out.
Sounds like good logic to me.
(NOTE) If you’re in Iowa DO NOT go knocking on a visually impaired persons house who you know owns a gun on Halloween night.
(SECOND NOTE) Same advice applies to visiting Dick Cheney’s house on Halloween. Or any other time for that matter.
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