Editorial: For visually impaired, Second Amendment should have limits
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013
Updated: Monday, September 16, 2013 23:09
Establishing fundamental rights, basic laws and limitations between “We the people” and the government, the United States of America’s constitution guarantees every American citizen basic individual rights. As the supreme law of the land, the Constitution encompasses one of the most important bills in respect to personal freedoms, and limitations in government power, the Bill of Rights.
However, in the past decade, lots of controversy has revolved around a constituent of the Bill of Rights, the second amendment.
The second amendment states, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, and shall not be infringed.” In other words, every American citizen has the right to bear arms.
With the recent surge in mass shootings on innocent civilians and children, a lot of gun laws have risen to prevent the horrendous tragedies from reoccurring, but just recently a new ruling passed had exactly the opposite effect.
Almost 1,000 miles away, the Des Moines Register, a news agency in Iowa, reported that the sheriff’s office is not denying the permit to publicly carry a weapon based on physical ability to its citizens.
Sheriff’s offices in Iowa have been granting gun permits to the visually impaired and blind individuals. This is due to a change in Iowa’s guns law in 2011. The basis of this change is said to be that by denying the visually impaired the right to bear arms conflicts with the second amendment and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
However, allowing blind individuals to legally own a gun, puts the lives of others at risk. To properly and safely manage and use a weapon requires high aptitude in depth perception and sight.
Although one can argue the degree of visual disability (technically wearing lenses for visions makes one visually impaired) to prevent gun permits, there should be no question in regards to the blind.
Like driving, guns should require a vision test. And in some states, such as Nebraska, a vision test is required to earn a gun permit.
Allowing blind citizens to legally earn a gun permit is illogical. Gun control does not violate the second amendment, as it states that the right to bear arms is necessary to establish a “well-regulated militia,” Restricting who can bear arms is supported by the second amendment.
There is a reason why ex-cons, the mentally disturbed and many others are not allowed to bear arms. They posses a threat to innocent lives and do not conform to a “well regulated Militia.”
Ethically, visually impaired and blind citizens deserve every basic human right. However, there are certain rights that must be restricted or limited, like driving or owning a gun due to the risk of injuring oneself and the public. Thus, it is mandatory for the Iowa state court to appeal its law on permitting gun permits to the visually impaired.