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Vigilante Justice is Blind
May 16, 2007 8:50 AM   Subscribe

"America's First Sightless Gunslinger" is upset that Minnesota denied him a gun permit. After all, he has permits from North Dakota and Utah. Carey McWilliams, the shootist, is also worried that North Dakota will lower standards for issuing a permit, but luckily Tucker Carlson is on the job. Videos, explanations of his shooting technique, and links to purchase his autobiography "Guide Dogs and Guns: America's First Blind Marksman Fires Back" (his is also the author of "Moonlight's Meridian: Nuclear Terrorism And the Undead ") are all posted on his personal website. But can we trust this guy? Is he really the first Sightless Gunslinger? Ringo Star and Armand Assante may have something to say about it.
posted by Muddler (20 comments total)

 
I'm confused. If he's "completely blind" that means he can't see at all, correct? In other words, he can't see a target? I would assume that is part of a test to get a gun permit- that you can see a target and fire at it.

According to the article, it says he passed the test because he hit the targets with assistance from someone. How that could remotely apply to a concealed permit to use a gun in close-range self defense is beyond me.

If The Force has magically manifested and/or this guy is actually Daredevil and can actually pass a firing test sightless, by all means, let him pass. It appears he can't. So what's the story? I'm guessing he can't drive a car either.
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 9:13 AM on May 16, 2007


He stands like a statue
Becomes part of the machine
Feeling all the bumpers
Always playing clean
He plays by intuition
The digit counters fall
That deaf, dumb and blind kid
Sure plays a mean pinball

posted by billysumday at 9:15 AM on May 16, 2007


Baby 'Bubba' gets a gun permit
posted by taosbat at 9:19 AM on May 16, 2007


I don't buy this: "It would be self-defense, at point-blank range, with ammo that doesn't go any further than the assailant,"

Such a magical ammunition does not exist. There are safety rounds that won't over-penetrate, but there are no rounds that just lose power on passing the target.

I also don't buy this: Anti-sniper patrols are, of course, going to try to get a sniper who wants to remain hidden to pick off soldiers, so, therefore, they have to operate guns, and so forth, without being able to see their target. And the way I do it is I use body positioning and gravity, which are always constant to everybody.

Anti-sniper training requires significantly more training than what is needed to get a CCW. Just because you have a CCW in two other states doesn't mean that you necessarily have this skill. If you are suggesting that you have received the counter-sniper training, I would like to know more about that.

And with that, I was able to place 10 out of 10 in a half-silhouette from seven yards away.


And you can do this consistently, under stress? Making sure you have acquired the correct target? If so, then I have no problem with you having a concealed weapons permit.

Nice catch on Blind Justice, Muddler. But giving firearms to the blind is just too dangerous for the most part. That is why I prefer my blind vigilantes to use swords.
posted by quin at 9:21 AM on May 16, 2007


What? Quin? You never heard of those new Ammonia-Capsicum Ice Bullets?

...or did I dream that?


...mmm... dream.
posted by tkchrist at 9:34 AM on May 16, 2007


I'd hate to be his roomate sneaking in late one night.
posted by doctorschlock at 9:38 AM on May 16, 2007


Take for example Blind Lemon Lipschitz. Blind Lemon Lipschitz gouged out his own eyes with his thumbnails just so he could be called blind lemon!

Heavily-armed blind bluesmen, the wave of the future.
posted by Pope Guilty at 9:39 AM on May 16, 2007


Good.
posted by graventy at 9:44 AM on May 16, 2007


"But giving firearms to the blind is just too dangerous"

*hears the thunder of thousands of lawyers filing Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits against quin*

The North Dakota state constitution does say: "All individuals are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inalienable rights, among which are those of enjoying and defending life and liberty; acquiring, possessing and protecting property and reputation; pursuing and obtaining safety and happiness; and to keep and bear arms for the defense of their person, family, property, and the state, and for lawful hunting, recreational, and other lawful purposes, which shall not be infringed. Art. I, § 1 (right to keep and bear arms enacted 1984)."

It doesn't say "except for you, blind guy." Minnesota's is probably different, and I didn't look it up.

I've seen this guy on the news before, and at the very least, he deserves credit for standing up for what he believes in.
posted by drstein at 10:00 AM on May 16, 2007


"It would be self-defense, at point-blank range, with ammo that doesn't go any further than the assailant,"

Neither would a taser or stun gun. Highly-trained police officers don't hit an assailant with every bullet they fire at a perp, what makes this guy think he will under a high-stress incident?
posted by MiltonRandKalman at 10:40 AM on May 16, 2007


Arm the blind? Let's arm the poor first.
posted by basicchannel at 10:57 AM on May 16, 2007


Why not just give him a blank slip of paper and tell him it's a license?
posted by NationalKato at 10:58 AM on May 16, 2007


Carey McWilliams, the shootist:
 
              PREZ! '08!
posted by taosbat at 11:06 AM on May 16, 2007


Vampires, following competing religious convictions, use mortal terrorist networks and the old Cold War hatred to rebuild a new and more powerful Soviet state in the east. Their aim in to darken Earth’s skies by igniting a nuclear holocaust that will allow them to begin a post-apocalyptic war after which only one religion would remain, spreading the victorious god’s philosophy across the Living Universe aboard a great interstellar ark.

Will the archangel Iciss and her forbidden daughter, Blyss, be able to even hinder the progress of the most demonic threat to not only Earth, but also all worlds across the heavens?


Nice.
posted by Artw at 11:45 AM on May 16, 2007


First let me say, I do not believe someone who is blind should be issued a permit.

But: Highly-trained police officers don't hit an assailant with every bullet they fire at a perp, what makes this guy think he will under a high-stress incident?

Highly-trained? Not hardly, unfortunately, the majority of police officers, in the USA, do not get much firearms training to start with, nor much continuing training. Of all the concealed handgun permit holders I know, they have much more training and a lot more range time than the average police officer does.

I'm trying to find a link to a study that showed the percentage of hits in a defensive firearm use. I know that the police officers had a much lower rate of actually hitting whom they were aiming at than people with concealed permits.
posted by SuzySmith at 12:02 PM on May 16, 2007


Yeah Artw, that's what stuck out to me from this whole thing. I somehow found it more bizarre than the main article's subject matter.
posted by Stunt at 12:04 PM on May 16, 2007


I think you might be reading too much into that last line drstein, it was meant as snarky sendup for another silly action movie link.

I have nothing against the guy owning or firing guns, I just don't think he should be allowed to have a CCW unless he can pass the test unassisted. If he can do that, (which I very much doubt) then OK, I have no problem with it.

I don't presume to judge the abilities of others, but I do really question his claims that he can identify a target without vision. More specifically, his ability to do so in a stressful situation when there might be non-hostiles in the area. And based on that, I wouldn't issue him a CCW.

posted by quin at 12:43 PM on May 16, 2007


Well, it worked for Johnny Depp.
posted by Astro Zombie at 1:25 PM on May 16, 2007


I'd trust this blind kid to place the first shot correctly, but any subsequent shots, hardly.
posted by BrotherCaine at 2:51 PM on May 16, 2007


Family member once shared a hospital room with a guy who was legally blind, and his buddies took him hunting every year and stuck him in a blind. Apparently, the rule was to make a lot of noise when they came back to get him.
< /I could not make this up.
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