Local advocates for the visually impaired community are speaking out against a new National Rifle Association announcement advocating legislation to extend gun rights to the blind. Representatives of the campaign for Attorney General candidate Warren Tolman told Boston.com Thursday morning that Tolman is joining former Perkins School for the Blind president Steven Rothstein in his opposition of the cause.
“The fact that the NRA would exploit blind people to push their extreme agenda with this insensitive video is just wrong,’’ Tolman said. “As Attorney General, I will not back down when the NRA tries to stop common sense gun reform in Massachusetts and I will stand up to them to make smart gun technology a reality.’’
Steven Rothstein, who presided over Watertown’s Perkins School for the Blind for 11 years said: “This video is not only disturbing but also misleading and they are using individuals who are visually impaired in a cynical attempt to further their extremist position on gun control.’’
The NRA YouTube announcement featuring former Navy Seal Dom Raso argues that blind individuals should be able to carry a firearm, and cites gun legislation in Iowa that allows it. Raso called for viewers to question why the idea is so shocking to some.
As of Thursday afternoon the video appears to have been removed by the NRA.
Iowa is currently the only state in the country that offers gun permit opportunities to the visually impaired.