Skip to comments.Iowa granting gun permits to the blind
Posted on 09/09/2013 7:04:52 AM PDT by shove_it
No one could see this coming.
Iowa is giving people who are blind permits that will allow them to purchase guns or to carry firearms in public, the Des Moines Register reports. The permits are legal, as Iowa law does not deny anyone the right to carry a weapon based on physical disability. But, the paper reports, the dilemma comes for law enforcement officials who are trying to ensure public safety.
Advocates for the disabled are split over the decision.
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“Blind” or “Legally blind”?
Blind people can just walk into a store, buy a bicycle or even a moped, and ride/drive off in it.
I haven’t heard any stories about blind moped riders hurting anybody, nor about blind gun owners misusing a firearm.
We have to assume that adult law abiding citizens will use their sense, or we would be compelled to install a nanny state/dictatorship.
The Social Security administration defines "legally blind" as 20/200 or less.
Here’s a link to the Des Moines Register article for more info ...
Reminds me of a WC Fields skit
The Blind’s hearing tends to be very accurate, like a bat’s. If I were a criminal, I would be fearful of a blind person with a gun.
Being legally blind doesn’t necessarily mean you have total loss of vision. Most blind people are labeled as low-vision.
Wasn’t there someplace that made drive-thru food joints have their menus in braille?
Also a number of people such as myself are legally blind without glasses (driving restriction - count finger only), but with glasses or contacts can see at 20/20 acuity.
This news will give Bloomberg a heart attack.
That’s putting the punchline first - it’s an attention getter.
In some states they have Blind Hunting Day.
Seriously, I’d be more concerned if they gave blind people driver’s licenses.
Somebody with some drawing talent needs to make a drawing of a “blind” gunsite.
I envision a revolver with one of those sticks with the colored tips (that are use for walking) duct-taped to it.
I tried to get an artiest friend of mine to do it for me, but he wouldn’t.
How about a Braille Target?
“The Blinds hearing tends to be very accurate, like a bats. If I were a criminal, I would be fearful of a blind person with a gun.”
First, I am a firearms instructor (NRA pistol) and I have a student who is blind. Just as you said, the students’ hearing is sufficient for her to put a bullet in an attacker by sound.
I tested the students acoustic target location capability in the following manner.
1. I removed the magazine and cleared the barrel, then had the student verify the empty condition of the gun by insertion of a finger into the magazine well and into the barrel chamber with the slide in the locked back position.
2. The magazine was secured outside the room and the student’s statement that no firearm or ammunition was either owned or in the room was verified.
3. I then inserted a Laserlyte acoustic activated laser into the barrel of the Colt Double Eagle, turned it on and tested it by dry firing. The 10 millisecond red dot appeared as advertised.
4. The student was then asked to point the gun at the sound made by my tossing a key ring onto the floor and pull the trigger (single action).
5. Considering the student had never held such a gun before, the red dot from the laser dot appeared remarkably close to where the keys lay on the floor.
Based upon the above I wrote a course for this student which differed from that for a normal student only in:
A. Greater than usual emphasis on familiarization of the hand to grip fit to ensure the gun pointed as the student wanted.
B. Extended range time.
In live fire practice, the student demonstrated an ability to regularly hit Center Of Mass when firing at defense distance.
Conclusion: Mugging the armed blind is trolling for a Darwin Award.
Thanks for the post. That’s what I thought. Amazing!!
Wow! No kidding. Thanks for that!
Would've evened the odds a little bit . . . just sayin' . . .
Last time I saw it, the FBI says that 95% of self-defense gunfights occur at a range of “less than 1 yard.”
This indicates to me that in the majority of self-defense gunfights, the antagonists are probably grappling with each other.
In which case a blind person would not have any trouble finding their target.
A long as such a person, had reasonable training in firearms safety and knew their limits, I would not have a problem with them owning a weapon for self defense.
Somebody ping the Bang List Meister
Oh, sheesh, another 0bama administration foreign policy story?
LOL, even if attacking Syria would normally be a good thing it is way too dangerous to entrust to these lunatics. Given Jimmy Carter’s hammer and nails they’d make coffins and promote them as green housing.
If sheriffs spent more time trying to keep guns out of criminals hands and not people with disabilities, their time would be more productive, Wethington told the Register"
I'd like to get this guy to run for Lee Baca's job.