Christ in a teapot, this is beyond stupid. Iowa is allowing legally blind people to carry guns in public. Yes, that is correct.
This is bats*** crazy. Blind people packing heat and blazing away on the street. Absolutely bugf*** insane.
From the Des Moines register:
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.
“It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads, we can’t deny them (a permit) just based on that one thing,” said Sgt. Jana Abens, a spokeswoman for the Polk County sheriff’s office, referring to a visual disability.
Polk County officials say they’ve issued weapons permits to at least three people who can’t legally drive and were unable to read the application forms or had difficulty doing so because of visual impairments.”
People, please: this is where the NRA and gun nuttery in general have gone. To a very strange place indeed, where not just convicted felons and the mentally ill must have guns (yes, they think that); but now, blind people who cannot see what they are shooting at must have guns, too. If there is a dumber, crazier, and just generally jackass idea out there than this one, it will be surprising.
Guns for people who cannot see. Good God.
Mr. Blunt and Cranky