A few weeks ago I wrote a post, That's Like The Blind Shooting Blind, about the gun purchases in Iowa by three residents. They all passed a background check, they paid their money and walked out of the store legally with their weapons. End of story. Well, not exactly. The reason I wrote about it was that fact that all three of these people were blind. Yup, they were unable to see.
But the law was the law, and the Americans With Disabilities Act, the anti-discrimination legislation prohibited these folks from being denied their second amendment right, at least on a federal level. So they bought these guns and now are able to roam the streets, perhaps to even become contemporary Charles Bronson, vigilante-types from DEATH WISH -- all five of them -- the movies, not Charles Bronson. He was one of a kind.
After the press, along with myself, were agog over this certain flaw in the law, it was only a matter of time before the legislature in Iowa fixed this hole. After all, there are already rules that prohibit or restrict some people from carrying or buying guns. States have been able make those restrictions. Certainly the precedent for denying one's second amendment rule has already been established and upheld.
So what's the hold up (intentional pun)? Actually there isn't one. There just isn't any interest.
In Iowa there isn't any interest from keeping a blind individual from packing heat, roaming the streets.
There isn't interest? Are you sh##ing me?
Yes, that's the truth. From the legislative folks in their state house all the way up to the Governor. When this "flaw" in their law was pointed out to them, they gave all kinds of excuses, but the bottom line is "We're not going to change the law."
When it comes to confounded amazement, nobody does it better than Rachel Maddow. So here's her report on visionaries in the state house in Iowa, which ironically is known as the HAWKEYE STATE.
So, with all of the gun craziness in the US, Iowa stands firm. I'm going out on a limb here and saying that the question of sanity in lawmaking is coming under question here. Now either the Governor of Iowa, Terry Edward Branstad is a certifiable loon, or I am.
If the country is so insane as to allow this kind of blind justice, I'm ready for my straight jacket and a visit from the men in white coats. It's safer in a sanitarium that walking innocently on the streets of Ames or Des Moines.
No matter how delicately or diplomatically I write this, I'll surely offend someone. But I’m going to try to be as delicate as possible. As I’ve written before, there’s a difference on intent and impact.
Here’s the issue – the Americans With Disabilities Act. The ADA was established as a clear and comprehensive prohibition of discrimination on the basis of disability. Yes! I back that 100%.
Or did. Until I heard that Iowa was issuing gun permits to blind folks. It's right here in the Des Moines Register:
The permits allow legally blind applicants to purchase weapons and carry them in public. Per state law, any attempt to deny an Iowan these rights based on physical ability would be illegal, reports the Des Moines Register.
Second amendment strict interpretationists claim this right is guaranteed under the constitution. No limits. But amazingly, the application for a permit to carry isn't available in Braille, so the applicants must rely on someone else filling it in for them. But have no fear, they can shoot if they feel like it. Is some sort of connect missing here for you as well as for me? We're talking about walking in public armed. This is not a case of protecting one's home... and even then I'd have my suspicions.
Okay, take a step back. A gun is a lethal weapon. So is a car. You can’t get a license in Iowa to drive unless you pass a vision test. So why should you be able to point and shoot a gun if you can’t see what’s in front of you?
Here's how NEWSY has covered this situation:
Maybe it's time that we use logic over political correctness. I feel deeply for anyone with an affliction, infirmity or disability. I just think arming the blind could put more people at risk, including the blind gun holder of accidents, minor to fatal. Everyone deserves protection, but we were not all blessed with sight. And maybe we're not all blessed to have the right to a gun.
Felt like a feel good vid kind of day. Via.
In my previous post Dems, what are you thinking? Chris Christie? Really??, I asked why Democrats are so blinded by one or two decent moves (motivated by, among other things, ambition) by a nasty conservative, egocentric blowhard that they'd start referring to themselves as "fans" of his.
In another post, one that I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework, I Link and Link to his disdainful attitude and his not-Democratic political views. This should not be necessary, but apparently, it is.
Let's not, as a party, contribute to very-Republican Christie's future success, okay, Dems? Can we at least stop fawning over someone who cares very little about us and very much about himself and his very-Republican career?
Melissa Harris-Perry takes it from here, and for that she has my eternal gratitude:
To Mr. 73% Approval/62% Dem Approval, from Melissa Harris-Perry:
"Let's hope you do a better job presiding over your state's storm recovery than you've done presiding over New Jersey's economic recovery... 47th in the nation in 2011. And right now the unemployment rate is 9.6%, surpassing the national rate by almost 2%."
"And so much for your reputation for telling the hard truth or telling the truth at all."
"You even went so far as to veto not once, not twice, but three times a tax increase on millionaires."
"Thanks to you, the women of New Jersey now have six fewer family planning clinics."
"That's fewer breast cancer exams, fewer cancer screenings, fewer lives that could be saved with preventive care. So yes, by all means, enjoy your moment, you've earned it! But thanks to your policy record, you've also earned what's coming to you in 2016, and I have a feeling America's voters are gonna give you exactly what you deserve."
Here's more on Chris Christie's political theater:
Someone with a functioning brain please explain what Democrats could possibly be thinking. Via Taegan:
A new Public Policy Polling survey shows New Jersey Gov. Chris Chrisitie (R) is now actually more popular with Democrats nationally than he is with Republicans.
I'm sorry, but ...
I refer you to my post of a few days ago, which I strongly suggest you read, Think for yourself. Ask questions. Do your homework. Here's an excerpt:
Suddenly, because of one moment of justified outrage by this conservative, egocentric blowhard, I’m hearing how Democrats who couldn’t stand the guy are now saying they’re “fans.” That’s the word I’ve heard today, “fans.” And as I wrote in that very post, Chris Christie is indeed charismatic, even entertaining, and of course, blunt. But let’s not forget that he’s still rude, nasty, and this guy: Link. Link.
Christie's Political Views
Health Care: Chris Christie is a strong opponent of the health care reform bill...
Education: Christie has been a strong critic of government spending on schools and strong favors the use of school vouchers. ["Dems believe in teacher's unions; we believe in teachers." (Aug 2012)]
Social Issues: On abortion, Christie has described his position as "pro-life, I believe in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother. That's my position, take it or leave it." Christie supports civil unions for same-sex couples, but is opposed to gay marriage.
Yay Chris! Right Dems?
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