Blind fire

by daniel.lacelle.salgado on September 20, 2013 - 11:15pm

Due to many unfortunate events in the past few years, there have been countless controversies regarding the legalization of  civilian firearms, and it doesn't show any signs of stopping. Some states such as Iowa have started granting gun permits to visually impaired citizens, even if the said impairment can be considered as legally blind.  This topic sparks a lot of interest in me since I'm shocked at how people can manage to live in a country where almost anyone could have a gun, considering that I've been living in Canada all my life.

Should gun permits be granted to visually impaired individuals?

There is much controversy surrounding this question since a lot of people, including me, feel that gun permits should only be granted to people who can actually SEE their targets. This is a matter of public safety, as someone could get accidenly injured or killed as a result of a blind person using their firearm. Moreover, it doesn't seem logical to be allowing visually impaired people to use guns, even though they aren't allowed to drive for SAFETY reasons. Hence, following the same logic, someone who isn't capable to drive a car, and see where he/she is going should definitely not be allowed to use a gun, when he/she can't see what she is shooting.

People who support the use of guns by blind people do so on the basis that everyone should have equal rights: being visually impaired shouldn't deny you of your 4th amendment. Additionally, they make the assertion that blind individuals should have an equal fighting chance when it comes to self-defense. However, these arguments do not make a point strong enough to outweigh the cons, as these people are basically supporting the creation of dangers to society, even though it may not be the intention of the visually impaired individuals. It also seems to me that the firearm of a blind person would be an easy target for stealing, and dangerous individuals could take advantage of this.

In cases other than gun regulation, would you be willing to value freedom and equality to the detriment of public safety?

 

http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/08/us/gun-permits-blind/index.html

http://www.theguardian.com/world/shortcuts/2013/sep/10/america-gun-licences-blind-people