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Is the NRA Really Advocating Open Carry for Blind Gun Users?

In fairness, the NRA puts a huge disclaimer on the video that announces that the views of the NRA commentators are their own and may not officially represent the gun organization. Yet, even that does not stop this NRA video from being one of the scariest yet.

According to Dom Raso, an NRA News commentator who is paid to think by the organization, “Every law abiding, blind individual should be able to have whatever guns they want. And if you disagree with that statement or you haven’t thought it all the way through, you don’t take your rights seriously enough.”

The former Navy SEAL added that just because they are blind does not mean they can’t shoot straight.

“Do you think because they’re blind that they’re going to start shooting in every direction and kill everyone? Fact is that it’s been proven that people that lack vision have an increased awareness of their hearing and spatial surroundings,” Raso continued. “The biggest concern I hear is having blind people carrying in public. Are you envisioning a person waiving a gun around or pointing it at somebody for no reason? Because that’s what it sounds like.”

In an interview with Guns.com, Raso explained that if  America starts denying gun ownership to people who cannot see, then pretty soon one-armed and one-legged people will also have their gun rights revoked (although these conditions do not interfere in the same way with the safe operation of a firearm).

Raso also said the reason he made the video was because his own mom is blind.

“My mother was blind, but she was extremely proficient in using a firearm,” he stressed, suggesting that it is safe.

Even among gun lovers, though, having people who cannot see what they are shooting at carrying around weapons is a contentious issue.

“If by default you can’t obey two of the four gun safety rules than no [you should not open carry]” Mitch Herzog said in response the video.

Others said that gun ownership should not be conditional on ability.

“The right to defend yourself is not conditional but an absolute,” Jorg Schreier demanded, saying any ‘handicap’ (including those with mental illness it seems) should be free to carry guns.

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