Thursday, December 14, 2006

Only in Texas...thank God

Reuters reports that a bill introduced in Texas would allow the blind to hunt by using laser sights (I'm not a hunter and am not clear on how that would work and have the assistance of a person who can see.

"A blind person can shoot a rifle by mounting an offset pistol scope on the side of the rifle instead of on top," said Terry Erwin, the Austin-based Hunter Education Coordinator with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

"This allows their companion behind them to peer over their shoulder and help them sight it, but the blind person can pull the trigger," he told Reuters.

That sounds like a real sport, doesn't it?

3 comments:

Tom Gaertner said...

Gretchen, your insensitivity to the blind surprises me.

Society makes accomodations for disabled and handicapped individuals all the time. Why should a blind individual be denied assistance in hunting? Would you deny them assistance in baiting a hook if they cared to go fishing? How about a trip to the grocery store to purchase a steak or a salmon fillet?

Unless, of course, your real interest is in denying everyone an opportunity to hunt.

Gretchen Schuldt said...

Hold on, there, Tom. I'm not particularly anti-hunting. I'm not particularly for it, but I understand the need for it even if I don't appreciate the sport of it. It's like a lot of other things in life.

If the blind want to hunt, great, but is the real joy in just pulling the trigger? Doesn't that just seem somewhat odd to you? And who would you trust, if you were blind, to aim the gun, when it is your fingerprint and sweat DNA on the trigger? Oh, the potential for a good murder mystery ...

Tom said...

Gretchen...

For the hunter the joy is not in merely pulling the trigger...it is the outdoors. Kinda like the journey, not the destination.