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.