Wednesday, September 11, 2013

What I Wrote On A Student's Paper...

Today’s economy and state of the country is slightly more discouraging than when I dropped out of college in 1975, but it is in many respects, quite similar.  Somehow, we survived the 1970s, disco, and the threat of thermonuclear war, a far more frightening prospect than what confronts us as a nation today.


  1. Off-topic: The ADA and commonsense interact badly sometimes: Iowa grants permits for blind residents to carry guns in public.

    On one side: People such as Cedar County Sheriff Warren Wethington, who demonstrated for the Register how blind people can be taught to shoot guns. And Jane Hudson, executive director of Disability Rights Iowa, who says blocking visually impaired people from the right to obtain weapon permits would violate the Americans with Disabilities Act. That federal law generally prohibits different treatment based on disabilities.


    Clancy, superintendent of the Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School, said the range of sight among people who are classified as legally blind varies greatly. He believes there are situations where such applicants can safely handle a gun.

    However, he also expressed concerns.

    “Although people who are blind can participate fully in nearly all life’s experiences, there are some things, like the operation of a weapon, that may very well be an exception,” Clancy said.

  2. If disco returns...

    I shudder at the thought.

  3. That you are legally blind does not mean that you can't see well enough to put a round into the guy who's got his hands around your throat...

  4. Anthony, those that condemn the issuance of such permits really are not aware of the reality of the great range of what it is to be "blind".

  5. Robin - I'm sure there are people who are legally blind who would be safe enough with a gun, and some of the people in the article make that very point. But the point is also made that a) unlike some other states, Iowa has placed *no* limit, so in theory someone who is *completely* blind could get a carry permit, and b) the ADA might disallow any such limitations.