NRA Pulls This Video and Abandons the Blind on Gun Rights
by Jan Morgan on August 11, 2014 at 9:16 AM
The NRA has abandoned the blind on gun rights. So… who’s next? What group of people will be next to lose support for their basic human right to defend life?
This article is my response to the decision of the NRA to pull NRA Commentator, Dom Raso’s video supporting gun rights for the blind. The NRA caved on this after anti-gun group, “Mom’s Demand Action” made a big deal about Raso’s commentary supporting gun rights for the blind.
“The right of THE PEOPLE to keep and bear arms, SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED.”
The 2nd Amendment does not place stipulations on WHICH people have the right to bear arms in order to defend life.
In fact. our most vulnerable citizens need this right since that gun is an equalizer, and likely their only chance of surviving an attack.
You either support the 2nd Amendment or you do not. You either support the gun rights of ALL law abiding American citizens or you do not.
It’s just that simple.
Blind Americans are particularly vulnerable to crime. I believe blind people can be trained to use defensive firearms in certain situations and conditions just as other people with physical limitations that present different challenges for them. Blind people must rely on other senses.
It is a proven fact that the other senses of blind people are heightened significantly because of their vision issue.
If someone is on top of a blind person, attacking her, a blind person can push the barrel of a gun into that person and fire off shots… This does not require clear vision.
There are times when concealed carry citizens are attacked in low light or dark surroundings.
They can’t get a good view of their attacker but no one questions their right to carry a gun and use it to defend life in less than perfect lighting and visual circumstances.
I am legally blind without my contact lenses.. I do not sleep in my contacts.
Does this mean that I should not be allowed to have a gun by my bed all night because I can’t see as well?
As an NRA Certified and State Police certified firearms instructor, I have worked with students with physical disabilities and elderly citizens with slower reaction times and lower hand/eye coordination skills. These people present specific training challenges that we have to over come and they may not shoot as well as younger, more physically able people, but that does not trump their right to own and carry defensive firearms. This is why I am so disappointed that the NRA chose to pull NRA commentator, Dom Raso’s video supporting the right of blind people to own defensive firearms.
This kind of discrimination against blind people is a slippery slope. If you decide that blind people should not own defensive firearms, then who is next?
- People over 80 years of age because they are physically weaker or not always as mentally sharp?
- People under 30 because they are not “mature enough”? * Women, because they are often more emotional than men?
- People who are in wheelchairs because they have limited physical ability.
- Deaf people because they can’t hear what’s really going on around them?
- People with OCD or ADD because their compulsive behavior.
- People with missing limbs?
Raso posted a video (see it below this article) in which the former Spec Ops commentator argued that blind people should be able to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms. When the anti-gun movement saw his message they went ballistic, as expected.
Then on Thursday, the NRA caved and pulled Raso’s video. I agree with Raso on this one.
Thank goodness the gun control group, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense put up Raso’s video on their tube channel. Otherwise we would have no way of showing it to you.
Does this mean that the NRA doesn’t believe in the right of ALL law abiding citizens to own guns?
Is the NRA not willing to support Raso’s 1st Amendment right to express his position on the issue? What a disappointment.
This is not the first time I have been disappointed in the NRA, and it won’t be the last. I still support the NRA as I do all organizations that are fighting for our gun rights, however, I would be negligent if I did not speak out against this decision.
I am a NO COMPROMISE 2nd Amendment advocate.
I believe any and all restrictions and regulations on gun rights are forms of infringement and therefore in violation of our 2nd Amendment.
I stand firmly over in the corner with our Founding Fathers on this one. There is a reason they did not start putting stipulations on the 2nd.. They knew it was a slippery slope.
They knew that the right to defend life is a BASIC HUMAN RIGHT… not to be given by the government nor taken away.
I stand with them… proudly and firmly.
I wish the NRA did as well.