Should the blind be allowed to hunt?

@shywolf (4520)
United States
February 19, 2007 1:13pm CST
Reading over this news article, I can understand where the law that is attempting to be passed to allow the blind to hunt makes more sense than I was thinking at first - they will be required to have a sighted hunter with them, and the sighted hunter can help them to get the shot in line, but the blind person can still pull the trigger. But I still think that it is a strange law, and don't we already have enough hunting accidents? I would hate to add to that number. I'm not asking if you agree or disagree with hunting, personally. I don't like it at all, personally, unelss it's strictly for food purposes. I'm just asking, what do you think about this new law, and do you think that it will cause more problems than it's worth? You can read about it here: http://www.davesdaily.com/out.php?id=24662&url=http%3A%2F%2Fca.news.yahoo.com%2Fs%2Freuters%2F061212%2Fodds%2Fodd_blind_hunters_dc
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@sunshinecup (7881)
19 Feb 07
Wasn't Vice President Cheney one of the first to try this out? LOL Ok that is just funny, but like hubby just said, what is the point? It's not their skills they will be using. The whole point in hunting is putting your skills to test and basing it on the kills you, your self make. I just think it's silly to suggest and we are asking for far more problems than any good will come from it.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
I agree. Whether you approve of hunting or not, it takes skill to hit a target. If you can't develop that skill, then you're not really hunting. I can't think of any resons why it would be a good idea. How many things do any of us claim we can do when someone else actually does them for us? If my husband, who was completely blind, was still alive he'd laugh his head off at the idea of going hunting.
@Idlewild (6094)
• United States
19 Feb 07
Cheney only shoots at lawyers and lobbyists, I believe. He's not blind, just very selective. ;-)
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• United States
20 Feb 07
lmao, fantastic.
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@teison2 (5924)
• Norway
19 Feb 07
I'm all for equal rights and opportunities to all people, regardles of race, religion, handicaps etc. This law sounds really strange to me. I understand a blind person may like and enjoy taking part in hunting just like any other person. I myself do not hunt. As i understand my friends that do there are much more to the hunt than the actual pulling of the trigger. It's about companionship, nature-experience, exitement and so forth. I imagine a blind person may enjoy this just a s much as another may. And I don't see why they cannot take part in this. I do not understand what a law that lets a blind pull the trigger while someone else takes the aim is really about. I'd think the person doing the actual aiming is the one that has to take responsibility if something wrong happens anyway. Is this what the law is supposed to regulate? Who is resposible for the result of a shot made by one that aims and one that pulls the trigger?
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@patgalca (14605)
• Orangeville, Ontario
19 Feb 07
Very good point. How are they going to decide who is responsible? I can see this one clogging up the courts and using up tax payers dollars. Not really worth it. Totally unnecessary. Even a cop who shoots a felon has to undergo an investigation to make sure it was a "clean shoot".
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@Marie2473 (8519)
• Sweden
19 Feb 07
I do not think that blind people should be allowed to hunt. Sure that might be discriminating, but hunting is something that demands you to see. Like u said there are many accidents as there is already and I donĀ“t think that we need more, and this would be like asking for it!
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19 Feb 07
I thought hunting was banned anyway. No one should be allowed to do it whether they are blind or not. I don't think it is likely to cause more accidents but I can't really understand why a blind person would get any pleasure from shooting something that they can't see.
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@onabreak2 (1161)
• United States
20 Feb 07
Sure why not. They should be allowed to drive too. They could sit on the sighted persons lap and steer the car. NOT
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• United States
20 Feb 07
That was a riot!!! and I rated you because you are funny!
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• Indonesia
20 Feb 07
Blind Person - They probably see the world better than one can see. For they see people's heart, they see the true inner beauty of us.
Wow, this is something new. I mean, of course it would look not fair to a person who can not hunt just because he/she is blind. But I think when the sighted hunter can help them to get the shot in line yeah, why not. It's alright for me.
• Pakistan
20 Feb 07
yea ... they should be allowed to hunt only blind animals ... PEACE !!!
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• United States
20 Feb 07
no, that would be dangerous.
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@okipops (286)
• Indonesia
20 Feb 07
of course they shouldnt be allowed to hunt. its a dangerous activity and could harm anyone.
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@calvin222 (1607)
• India
20 Feb 07
This is the most demented law i have heard of. firstly i didnt know there was a law banning the blind from hunting. and secondly i would think that a person who is blind would have learned some compassion for other living creatures by virtue of their own disability.
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• United States
19 Feb 07
First of all I agree with you that hunting should be prohibited for everyone. But specially for blinds it should not be allowed.
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@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
19 Feb 07
My Answer to this is or should I say Question how can a Blind Person see where they are shooting, like you say there are enough accidents about, I can not imagine a Blind Person being able to hunt without consequences.
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@Willowlady (10666)
• United States
19 Feb 07
While hunting sighted is difficult enough with uneven terrian and all. I am not sure a blind hunter is really a good idea. Sure they would have help however I cannot see the reason. There are indeed enough accidents among the sighted hunters. Guess we will have to see how this turns out. Hopefully it will not turn out to be a big deal. I too think that hunting for food should be the qualifier.
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@brokentia (10396)
• United States
24 Feb 07
I can understand that blind people would like to be able to do the things that others with site do...but I can't help but think that this would be the cause of more accidents. There are already so many accidents when the hunter thought the safety was on...or didn't see someone in the distance. But for a blind person...even looking over a person's shoulder allows more accidents because what if the one looking over the shoulder did not really have a clear view? Or what if the bind person thought the person said it was ok to pull the trigger? I get that it would be fun for those with blind friends...I guess I would have to be in the situation to better appreciate it. Sorry, this is where this response belonged instead of in your hiccuping discussion. LOL
• United States
23 Feb 07
That is just plum crazy. Back in the days when hunting was done solely to provide food for the family or community, only the most fit hunters were allowed on the expedition. Others were left behind and would prepare the hides, fur and meat that the hunter brought home. Bringing a blind person into the woods is seriously foolish. The what ifs come into mind. What if the guide became disabled?
@GardenGerty (102585)
• United States
23 Feb 07
I am all for the rights of the person who has different abilities than I do, but if someone blind is going to be shooting, I would like to be out of the woods. I guess that is all i would like to say, other than I have a good friend who is blind, and he does quite well. As far as I know he does not fish or hunt.
@sunny1984 (640)
• India
22 Feb 07
No!
@shambuca (2560)
• United States
21 Feb 07
I think its a strange law but having friends who are blind I don't believe they should be restricted from trying it, and they shouldn't be out there without a sihted person but hey, why not if a sighted person is with them. I think they need to stop trying to think up more laws and try to stop people from breaking the ones we already have.
@RA2_007 (151)
• India
21 Feb 07
I belive that Hunting itself is Wrong.. Then speaking about blind being allowed to hunt, will be asking for trouble. Even if a man with good eye sight can miss a shot. Even if there is a man with eye sight to help him will this guy take full responsibility of any accedent that may occur? What if he wash off his hands the blind guy dont shoot in the direction he told.After all its the blind man who pulls trigger. If u think a bit more wilder, What if A sighted hunter misuse the law to kill someone using a blind hunter.It sounds to me that, This law is nothing less than Stupidity. Well I dont know any details of the law. My qn is who'll take responsiblity in case of any accedent? Also this sounds like the blind man will be hunting only for his pleasure. I belive Hunting for pleasure is A BIG crime..To Nature The Law supporting a crime against nature is Extremely wrong.
@lucie225 (157)
• United States
20 Feb 07
I am a firm beliver in everyone should have equal oppurtunity. I think that it is a great idea for the blind to be able to hunt under the condition, they have a sight hunter with them. To me it is no different than the people who throw knives blind folded or even shoot blind folded. Yeah these people do see so they are more experienced when they cannot see, but what can it hurt. Just as long as the sight hunters have to get some kind of education on helping the blind and the blind take some kind of psycological evaluation just to make sure they are ok about being blind and shooting the deer and not someone to let anger out on, I think it is good. In regards to the hunting accidents, ok yes there are alot of them, but just the same, putting a blind person out there should not matter when people who can see can't even get it right, at least with two people, one with sight and one with a keen sense of awareness, maybe it may lower the accidents. Besides all that, I think it may teach hunters to be more careful knowing there are blind people.