Monday, September 9, 2013

Blind Justice? Weapon permits are granted to the blind in Iowa

     Good Day World!

When people talk about guns these days it’s either you’re for them or against them. For the majority there is no middle ground.

I take a minority opinion which is actually a middle ground. I don’t want to infringe on our right as Americans to own a gun, but I want some common sense changes made in some gun laws.

I would like to see certain laws passed – call it gun control if you want a buzz word – that would make it harder for criminals to get them…and some other’s like the insane or if you’re in Iowa, the blind!

Yes, I said blind. Throw this fact into the gun control debate: officials in Iowa say they have been granting weapons permits to blind people! Just exactly how many blind Iowans have permits to carry guns is unclear. State officials say they do not collect that information when the permits are issued.

Say what? It’s perfectly legal to own a gun even if your blind? “It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads, we can’t deny them (a permit),” Sgt. Jana Abens, a spokeswoman for the Polk County sheriff’s office, told the Des Moines Register recently.

Private gun ownership — even hunting — by visually impaired Iowans is nothing new. But the practice of visually impaired residents legally carrying firearms in public became widely possible thanks to gun permit changes that took effect in Iowa in 2011.

Now here’s some to consider on a much larger scale: the Gun Control Act of 1968 and other federal laws do not prohibit blind people from owning guns. But unlike Iowa, some states have laws that spell out whether visually impaired people can obtain weapon permits.

Talk about scary. Iowa is now officially off my American vacation list!

Here’s the thing, I know someone who is visually impaired (he’s blind okay?) who is a sketchy type of fellow. I can see him shooting at a looming blur believing it to be a threat! Especially if he was packing a gun while out and about.

Call me overly cautious, but I would rather not have armed blind people walking – with their white canes of course - around shooting at threatening sounds, voices, etc. Does that make me anti-gun?

Hell no! I never said that. I would just like to see more common sense used in many current gun laws. Like the two I just mentioned.

Time for me to walk on down the road….

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