A National Rifle Association commentator defended the rights of blind people to carry guns in a video Monday, saying a victim doesn’t need to be able to see “if someone is on top of you trying to kill or rape you.”
In the video, titled “Firearms and the Blind,” NRA commentator Dom Raso asked viewers several rhetorical questions. He said a blind person is not going to “start shooting in every direction” and “kill[ing] everyone” if he or she has a gun.
“The biggest concern I hear is having blind people carrying in public. Are you envisioning the person waving the gun around or pointing it at anybody for no reason? Because that’s what it sounds like,” Raso said. “Do you think because they’re blind, they’re going to start shooting in every direction and kill everyone? Fact is, it’s been proven that people that lack vision have an increased awareness of their hearing and spatial surroundings.”
Raso called the blind “more vulnerable to crime” than people who can see and went on to argue that blind people do not need to see in order to defend his or herself if attacked.
“Do you think you need to see where you’re shooting if someone is on top of you trying to kill or rape you, while their hands are slowly squeezing your neck and they’re yelling ‘I’m going to kill you’? I didn’t think so,” Raso said.
Raso said the blind would have to follow more strict safety procedures when handling a weapon, but said lack of sight should not be a reason to deny a person his or her Second Amendment rights.
“Individual rights are too important to not think them all the way through, especially when it comes to defending yourself,” he said. “Until you can show me that just because they are blind, they’re irresponsible and not allowed to take control of their own safety, I will continue to say leave theirs and everyone else’s rights alone.”
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