The NRA has removed a video from one of its websites that called for arming blind people. The video featured NRA commentator Dom Raso, who said that people don’t need to be able to see to fire guns. According to Talking Points Memo, people looking for the video today received a message on YouTube stating that the user had removed it, and a 404-Not Found error on the NRA’s website.
Boston.com published part of the backlash that came from advocates for the visually impaired. The former president of the Perkins School for the Blind joined forces with Massachusetts attorney general candidate Warren Tolman to decry the video for its insensitivity.
“The fact that the NRA would exploit blind people to push their extreme agenda with this insensitive video is just wrong. As Attorney General, I will not back down when the NRA tries to stop common sense gun reform in Massachusetts and I will stand up to them to make smart gun technology a reality.”
And Steven Rothstein, former president of the Perkins School for the Blind, said:
“This video is not only disturbing but also misleading and they are using individuals who are visually impaired in a cynical attempt to further their extremist position on gun control.”
However, Gawker still has that video on their site, with a message that “the Internet never forgets.”
Is this the NRA’s attempt to cover up how stupid they’ve gotten? Or are they actually trying to show that they still have a shred of humanity in response to the backlash they received from advocates for people who are blind? They’ve shown that they’re afraid to make certain statements that might contradict their “MOAR GUNZ” stance when they know there will be public outcry; their lukewarm response to the Sandy Hook tragedy showed that.
They haven’t issued a statement that anybody’s seen, yet, about Raso or this video. If and when they do, it’ll probably sidestep the issue, and dance around making an actual apology for Raso’s remarks.
Here’s the video with the NRA ad:
h/t Talking Points Memo. Featured photo: Screen grab NRA video.