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.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
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Show me a person with a physical disability and you have very likely shown me a person with the desire and ability to overcome that limitation. Often in astounding ways.
Show me a person with a closed, narrow mind and you've shown me a helpless cripple. A pitiful victim of their own outlook.
I'd love to read the other blogpost, but I get a "404 Not Found" error. :(
Hmm, link works when I test it, then I get a 404 error shortly thereafter.
Try this one
Perfect, thanks. And that *is* an EXCELLENT article.
Well. I just found my quote of the day for tomorrow. Thanks! :)
Don't forget, they'll just say you're trying to compensate for something.....
Good article Mike. This absence of thought and consideration is partially the result of political correctness and the push for homogeney. It's inconceiveable to some to even think that people could be different and too hard for them to think of the practicality of that difference. The push for beige is a dangerous thing, it steals peoples identity and indivualism.
I was very happy to read kishnevi's comments at Patterico's blog. It is rare and wonderful to find an autistic conservative! Anybody who has both Amanda Baggs and Tamara K. on his blogroll is my brother from another mother, as far as I am concerned.
Good one! Some instructors are now offering 'specialized' weapons training to those with limited mobility- They Teuller drill takes on a whole new meaning with the disabled.
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