Another blogger has written a post expanding upon Mr. Boyd's "Disabled in the Bullseye" article in Shooting Illustrated.
I particularly liked this bit, and I quote,
"Disabled people have real deficiencies that they struggle to overcome. That shouldn’t be ignored or swept under the rug. But at the same time we must be careful not to overestimate their effects, either, or underestimate the quintessentially human ability to devise ways to overcome those shortcomings. For instance, one cardinal rule I teach others is never to assume a thing cannot be done by a handicapped person until you talk to a person with that handicap who has had some time to put some thought into it. If I am typical (and in my experience, I am), disabled people think about how to get around their disabilities all the time, habitually, and we become much better at forming solutions than a person with no disabilities."
This is absolutely true. When my roommate and I hit the gym he'll often have me try different exercises. Sometimes this works out well and I've found something I can use to switch up my routine. Other times we find that I can't do a particular exercise, or that I have to tweak it a little to suit my needs. You never know unless you try.
One thing that really irks me about anti-gunners is their insistence on disarming the most vulnerable Americans while dismissing the consequences that doing so would have for those people. You hear it all the time from anti's. They tell victims of violent crime to "run away" or "don't hide behind a gun. be a man and use your fists." They use all manner of variations of such statements.
The practical application of such statements would leave the disabled without recourse, as if they were expendable, no more than food for the wolves. Anti-gunners, who will talk about "morals," "compassion," "human rights" etc. are full of shit. Telling the most vulnerable among us that they must walk amongst the wolves without the benefit of an egalitarian, equalizing tool is the antithesis of morality, compassion, or human rights.
If you only have one leg how the hell are you supposed to run away? If you're wheelchair bound how are you supposed to duke it out with someone ablebodied? Anti-gunners don't care. In their world perhaps Americans with physical impediments don't exist or don't matter, but in the real world those people are frequently victimized.