“Every law-abiding, blind individual should be able to have whatever guns they want.’’ While that idea may sound shocking to some, it’s the basis of the NRA’s newest YouTube announcement.
In the NRA News episode, former US Navy Seal Dom Raso calls upon viewers to ponder the possibility of legislation allowing gun rights to apply to the visually impaired. The video introduces Raso to a heavy-metal electric guitar riff before he delves into the reasons why Americans should consider the possibility of blind citizens carrying firearms. According to Raso, those who won’t do so “don’t take [their] rights seriously enough.’’
Raso asks some pressing questions: “Do you think that because they’re blind, they’re going to start shooting in every direction and kill everyone?’’ “Are you envisioning the person waving the gun around, or pointing it at anyone for no reason?’’ “Do you think you need to see where you’re shooting if someone is on top of you, trying to kill or rape you?’’
No matter what your answer, Raso asserts that “individual rights are too important to not think them all the way through.’’ He also adds that safety parameters would have to be much stricter, but that the blind are more vulnerable to crime and deserve gun rights too.
While Iowa is the only state currently allowing blind individuals the option of carrying a weapon, Raso cites an Iowan sheriff who is apparently refusing to grant gun permits to the blind.
The only other state with gun permit options for the visually impaired is Texas, where certain laws permit the legally blind to hunt.
This isn’t the first time that the notion of providing firearms to the blind have been questioned. In the past, musician Stevie Wonder spoke about American gun laws in the context of gun rights for the blind. According to The Guardian, Wonder said in a 2013 interview with Piers Morgan: “Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy.’’
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