Justice is blind, like some folks getting weapon carry permits in Iowa.
The laws in the corn-fed state are such that you can’t drive if you are blind, but you can tote a .45 to Wal-Mart, according to the Des Moines Register.
Lots of people don’t find it that unusual.
Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who has a blind daughter, demonstrated to the Iowa newspaper how he trains the blind to shoot guns.
Though it is not specified, I presume “shooting at noises” is part of the training.
“It seems a little strange, but the way the law reads we can’t deny them (a permit) just based on [not being able to see what they are shooting at],” said Jana Abens, a spokesperson for the Polk County sheriff’s office.
The National Federation of the Blind is opposed to laws that require vision tests as part of the weapon permit process. “There’s no reason solely on the (basis) of blindness that a blind person shouldn’t be allowed to carry a weapon,” spokesman Chris Danielsen said.
Many states don’t specifically ban the visually impaired from obtaining carry permits.
But if you can’t see in DeKalb County, where is costs more to get a carry permit than a marriage license, you will miss out on the action at the adjacent “stripper license” window.
The number of blind people with gun permits in Iowa is not known because no one bothers to track such information.
Today’s voice of reason comes courtesy of blind musician Stevie Wonder who rocks without a Glock.
“Imagine me with a gun. It’s just crazy,” to CNN when discussing what he called “ridiculous” gun laws.
Perhaps, but there’s no law that prevents the blind (or the continuously drunk) from buying a gun, or a car, either.
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