You want to talk about the blind leading the blind? I’ve seen people at the gun range who can’t shoot for toffee teaching newbies how [not] to shoot. On the other hand there’s The Bountiful Lion’s Club and Bountiful Jeep Posse, helping blind kids get to grips with firearms. “We want to give blind children a lot of different experiences,” executive director of the Utah Foundation for the Blind and Visually Impaired Tony Jeppson told davisclipper.com. “Things are often very frightening to these kids until they’ve had some experience with them.” True dat. “The Lion’s Club provides space at their gun range in Bountiful, as well as dinner for the kids. The jeep posse members help the kids shoot, holding the guns while the children fire and assisting them with their aim at times. There are also safety officers on hand. ‘We have 10 guns, and everyone gets 10 shots,’ said volunteer Chuck Evans. ‘Then another set of kids gets a chance. We keep going until we run out of bullets or daylight.'” Sorry, but that’s funny. Anyway, last year . . .
46 teens got the chance to shoot. Thanks to the assistance, some of them even end up having pretty good aim.
“One year when I was up there, this kid ran over to his target and said ‘Look, I’ve got nine,’” said Evans. “He counted them faster with his fingers than I could with my eyes.”
Later in the summer, the groups also hold a shooting event for college-age individuals who are blind or visually impaired.
“It’s a fun way to learn how to shoot,” said Karl Koenig, a Bountiful Lion’s Club member who helps oversee the shoot. “And they’re so appreciative. It’s just wonderful.”
Koenig, for his part, appreciates the variety it brings to the club’s gun range.
“We like the gun range to be used for more than just hunters,” he said. “Blind shoots are one of those fun things we look forward to every year.”
As for Evans, he enjoys it just as much as the kids.
We salute Mr. Evans and his cohorts for extending and defending Americans’ right to keep and bear arms, recognizing the fact that plenty of sighted people can’t see the truth about guns.