Friday, April 15, 2011

Self-defense for the disabled

The first time I gave this any thought was when I heard about the Palm Pistol.  Now it looks like there will be some serious consideration of who the disabled are, their vulnerabilities, and the need to give them the tools of self-defense.

In fairness, I think the statistics presented need to be further broken out in order to have a meaningful and honest discussion.  For example, how many of the rapes and sexual assaults take place in institutional settings versus in the home or in public spaces?  Who are we calling the "disabled"?  Is this strictly about the physically disabled, or will we consider persons like one of my sisters-in-law, who has a mental disability (perpetually stuck at the mental age of a 6 to 10 year old child)?  How many of these crimes were committed by persons known to the victims? 

I also find it interesting that one of the prime movers of the gun control movement, the Brady Campaign, has its founding in the tragedy involving James Brady.  He is disabled, though I'm not sure to what extent any longer. 

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