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edited August 2015 in Gun Control Debates Posts: 2
Hey guys!!

 Something not mentioned much in the gun control/gun rights debate. Should those who are physically challenged be allowed to own firearms?? Here is why I am asking: 

I am physically handicapped {vision impairment, seizures and cp}. One of my acquaintances who is physically challenged {has cp but is ambidextrous and oh btw you wouldn't know it if you just met him f2f} owns a handgun and several other guns. An acquaintance of mine named Sean from northern Ca who is vision impaired and a savant is acquainted with someone {his gf's dad} whom owns a handgun {gf's dad was a detective for their local pd and kept his service weapon after he retired}. My friend Sean lives with his gf Kimberly {who btw is also blind}. One afternoon while Sean was home by himself {Kimberly was at one of her college classes and her parents were out of town on vacation} two people broke into the house with the intent to attempt a burglary. Sean called 9-1-1 and then called the local police. One of the burglars was armed with a knife and tried to confront Sean. Sean picked up Kimberly's dad's service weapon and aimed it at them. The gun discharged and one of the bullets hit the opposite wall. There was some backfiring and the other one ricocheted back into his right hand. As a result he has virtually no ability to use his right hand and has to learn how to use his white cane left-handed and have his computer outfitted with speech recognition because the mobility specialist thought that that would be easier than converting to typing with his left hand. So guys. What does everyone here think about the issue of physically challenged folks using firearms??


  • Hi @LadyLaveau:

    I don't think any citizens should have guns, just like Great Britain, regardless of the group.  You could ask the same question about other groups, like people previously convicted of a misdemeanor or felony, people that have been under psychiatric care before, etc.  If we try to put boundaries around who is safe to own a gun I think it gets too messy.  I say get the guns of the streets, period!

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    We the People of the United States, in Order to... secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
  • One, your friend when he picked up the weapon should have hit the perpetrator. Since he did not, it shows he needs training.


    And Julie, every citizen wants to survive. And can he/she without a gun? A Baseball bat? Pepper spray?


    Hmmm..... Pepper spray vs. a robber with a AK-47 he got from Mexico. Which one will prevail?  

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    Physically handicapped or not, there needs to be some more regulation on what else is necessary to own, discharge, or even load a weapon that has the capacity to not only kill those in self defense, but your family and self if handled incorrectly. There are many people out there with various forms of disability, some of them are our own servicemen and women who return back to action and are still allowed to keep their weapons. So the question should be about basic training and not abut physical disability at all.
  • Situations like this should really be judged case by case. It really depends on whether someone who is physically challenged is able to safely handle a firearm. Perhaps a test should be established to evaluate as to whether someone is physically able enough to handle a firearm. Personally, I think the major focus should be on mental handicaps, but physical disability is certainly something that should be addressed.
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    In the USA, if you apply for a gun permit and is granted one, anyone of legal age can get one.  But just because you can own one doesn't mean you have the training and the qualifications to use it.  

    A gun is a serious and dangerous piece of equipment.  If you are not mentally or physically able to handle a gun then you shouldn't be handling it.  It's just like a car.  You can buy one but that doesn't mean you can drive without a permit or passing the test.  

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    I'm one of those quarky gals who likes being alive. So much so that I, as well as my entire family, can carry clean, load, and fire a gun effectively, and have learned respect for the gun, as well as very strict gun safety guidelines. My younger children aren't allowed to carry a gun EVER, and can NOT shoot a gun without a responsible adult. I am bringing this up because I am living proof that people who have an NRA sticker on the back of their truck can carry guns AND enough have sense to not try to arm preschool children. I think making the blanket statement, "the disabled should/should not own or fire a gun" is actually very insensitive. A person isn't defined by their disability. They shouldn't be limited by it because people want to generalize, either. No more than anyone else should be defined by their race, sex, religion, political party affiliation, or what region they live in.
  • My view is if you are able to distinguish a target then yes, your right to keep and bear arms should not be infringed.  When people say others shouldn't have guns they never step up to take responsibility for that person's safety I notice.   We are all responsible for our own freedom and safety.  The police can't even get there in time so let's not fall into that bottomless pit. Let's not use accidents as a reason to deny the right to effective self-defense because if that was the standard I ask that you first remove the things from my neighborhood that have shown to cause more deaths and injury in my particular area - cars, alcohol, and swimming pools.  So if you are into blaming objects let's start with those.

    My parents are elderly and I don't believe their main defense to home invaders should be a scramble to a phone to call the police who get there in time to just bring the body bags, or martial arts.
  • Physically challenged people must be given security. Why does the government employ the police? They must have a system whereby they can easily report about an emergency to the police or any other relevant authorities. I wish that one day we will live in gun free societies.
  •     I should not encourage anyone or any person to use gun as a shield of protection. All of us are protected by our laws executed by our law enforcers. Their job is to protect all citizens from harm.  I don't think having a gun can protect us from danger.
  • I don't think they should. Even people with full mental capacity can mess up and have an accident. Training is crucial, but if you're not fully there that's hard.
  • I think that it depends on the disability.  I have worked with a few different mentally challenged people.  It really depends on their capacity for reasoning and learning.  If they can be trained to use a gun, know the difference between right and wrong, and realize that killing people (unless there is no other course of action) is wrong, then I don't see a problem with it.  Not all mentally challenged people are incapable of learning.  As for physically challenged: the same maxims apply, but I would like to add that as long as they can aim a gun properly I don't see a problem with that.  My point is, if you can properly use a gun and your disability doesn't prevent it, you should be able to use a gun.  I just think there should be some kind of test, like for driving.
  • I agree with tommigunn31, it depends on the disability. I think those who are paralyzed from the waist down should most certainly be allowed to own guns. They can't run if threatened. If they are in bed when an intruder comes it they likely wouldn't even make it to their wheelchair in time to obtain a knife or other form of defense.
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    This issue should be decided on a case by case basis.  You cannot just make a blanket law stating that any disabled person cannot own a gun.  There are too many different types of disabilities.
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    If they are metally sound and are physicaly proficient to handle a gun, the physically challenged should not be discriminated against since they are more vulnerable to security challenges. But the perception that guns create security is an aberration. Gangs have been known to fight with guns instead of respecting each other's turf. Guns are a recipe for disaster in the hands of every Tom, Dick and Harry. Its only a matter of when not whether before the next shooting.
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